There are lots of exciting careers that use mathematics—some that might surprise you! Mathematics is used in a wide range of fields and many employers seek out math majors because of their reasoning skills and problem-solving ability.

The Mathematical Association of America has a list of career profiles and interviews with math majors. Here are some examples:

**Teaching** of mathematics at the K-12 level is
one of the highest-demand fields and the need is expected to
growing rapidly.

**Actuarial science** takes mathematics and
statistics and applies them to finance and insurance. Actuarial
science includes a number of interrelating disciplines, including
probability and statistics, finance, and economics.

**Operations research** is an interdisciplinary
branch of mathematics which uses mathematical methods to arrive at
optimal decisions to problems in maximizing or minimizing things
like costs or profits.

**Cryptography** is the practice and study of
hiding information. Not just for spies anymore, cryptography
applications include the security of ATM cards and computer
passwords.

**Biomathematics** models biological processes
using mathematical techniques with applications to cellular
neurobiology, epidemic modelling, and population genetics.

**Computer science** positions highly prize
applicants with strong mathematics backgrounds because of their
training in logical and precise thinking.

**Scientific research** very much depends upon
mathematicians to construct the models which explain physical
observations.

**Engineering** careers, from aerospace to nuclear,
depend upon solid mathematical training.

### Careers that Use Mathematical Skills

**Law**: Statistics is becoming crucial as court
cases address increasingly complex problems. Statisticians analyze
data that can help a judge or jury decide whether someone is guilty
of a crime; discrimination cases usually involve statistical
studies; intellectual infringement cases often involve consumer
recognition statistical surveys; medical statistics are crucial in
judging whether a drug or medical device has toxic effects and was
the probable cause of a disease contracted by the plaintiff;
forensic statistics is a growing branch of applied statistics.

**Finance:**Mathematicians model the ways in which
individuals, businesses, and organizations raise, allocate, and use
monetary resources over time.

**Medicine**: Statisticians play a key role in the
drug experimentation process leading to drug approval; statistical
thought is vital to all clinical trials; the entire analytic
epidemiology field is based on the use of mathematical models;
statistics has played a pivotal role in the development of nursing
science; most modern genetic studies depend heavily on mathematical
models.