Careers in Math

If you like to do any of the following, a career in math might be right for you!

  • Work with computers

  • play chess or checkers

  • Keep track of your money

  • Do challenging math problems

  • Build or fix things

  • Watch Nova or the Discovery Channel

  • Observe the stars

  • Invent things

  • Follow sports stats

  • Do puzzles

  • Figure out how things work

Math Related Careers

Studying math can lead to a career as a mathematician or statistician. Most people, however, use their math and problem-solving skills to succeed in careers in computer science, the skilled trades, business, science, or engineering.

Computer Science Careers

Every business and industry today relies on computers.  If you like math and you want to work with computers, take a look at these careers.


  • Computer operator

  • Computer programmer

  • Computer software engineer

  • Computer support specialist

  • Database manager

  • Information systems manager

  • Systems analyst

  • Website developer


The Skilled Trades

There are excellent job opportunities in the skilled trades, and many of these careers require 2 years or less of education/training.  If you’re good at math and like to work with your hands, consider one of these careers.

  • Automotive technician

  • Aviation mechanic

  • Carpenter

  • Draftsman

  • Electrician

  • Heating and AC technician

  • Machinist

  • Plumber

  • Surveyor

  • Tool and die maker

Math Related Business Careers

People with good math skills are in demand in all areas of business.  If you think you might like working in a business setting, consider on of these careers.

  • Accountant

  • Bank manager

  • Bank teller

  • Bookkeeper

  • Cost estimator

  • Financial manager

  • Insurance agent

  • Loan officer

  • Market researcher

  • Mortgage broker

  • Realtor

  • Stockbroker


Math Related Science Careers

People working in science careers generally need to have good math skills.  They use math to analyze data, calculate medications, do lab tests, and read test results.  Below are just a few of the many careers that students who like math and science can choose from.

  • Astronomer

  • Chemist

  • EKG technician

  • EMT/Paramedic

  • Environmentalist

  • Forensic scientist

  • Geologist

  • Medical lab technician

  • Meteorologist

  • Nurse

  • Optometrist

  • Pharmacist

  • Physician

  • Physicist

  • Radiologic technologist

  • Surgical technologist

  • Veterinarian

  • Zoologist


Engineering (requires a 4 – year college degree)

Engineers use math and science to solve all kinds of technical problems.  Engineers produce and analyze designs, develop and test products, and supervise production.  Most engineers specialize in one of the following:

  • Aerospace engineering

  • Biomedical engineering

  • Chemical engineering

  • Civil engineering

  • Computer engineering

  • Electrical engineering

  • Environmental engineering

  • Industrial engineering

  • Mechanical engineering

  • Nuclear engineering

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Math Fun Fact

  • How much is a billion?

    • The moon is about a billion feet away.

    • A billion hours ago it as the Stone Age.

    • It would take 30 years to count to a billion.

  • Google came from a misspelling of googol.

    • A googol is 10100 or 1 followed by 100 zeros.

    • Another way to say 10100 is ten duotrigintillion.

  • In 1999, a Mars satellite costing $125,000,000 crashed because English units were used in some of the calculation instead of metric units.

  • Assuming Rudolph is in front, there are 40,320 ways to arrange the other eight reindeer.

  • National Pi Day is March 14, at 1:59 (3.14159…)

  • You cannot fold a piece of paper in half more than 7 times.

  • It takes 8 minutes for sunlight to reach the earth.  Light from the next closest star takes 4 years.

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