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# 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

**For information on the careers in this InfoGuide, visit www.bls.gov/ooh or www.bls.gov/k12**

**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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