Careers

Believe it or not, hundreds of careers use skills learned in high school math on a daily basis. Below we’ve highlighted some of these careers. Want to go further in math? Check out our page on math majors.

Actuary
DAVID ANDRIST Actuary The Hartford Insurance Company BS Math BYU “I am a casualty actuary at The Hartford Insurance Company. Casualty actuaries
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Air Traffic Controller
Air traffic controllers coordinate the movement of air traffic to make certain that planes stay a safe distance apart. Their
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Animator
An animator is an artist who creates multiple images called frames and key frames that form an illusion of movement
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Architect
Architects design buildings and other structures. They make sure buildings are functional, safe, and economical. They draw plans of every
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Astronaut
ROBERT L. STEWART NASA Astronaut BA Math U. of Southern Mississippi “It should be evident that each step in my
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Attorney
EMILY GUBLER CLARK Columbia Law School BS Math BYU “After graduating from BYU in Mathematics in April 2004, I moved to
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Biologist
Biologists study living organisms and their relationship to the environment. They perform research to gain a better understanding of fundamental
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Biostatistician
Biostatisticians design research studies and analyze data related to human health, animals or plants. The healthcare, biomedical, and pharmaceutical fields
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Budget Analyst
Budget analysts develop, analyze, and execute budgets, which are used to allocate current resources and estimate future financial needs. They
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Cartographer
Cartographers design, prepare and revise maps, charts, plans, three-dimensional models and spatial information databases, often using computer-based techniques, and applying
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Chemical Engineer
Chemical engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with the application of physical science and life sciences with mathematics
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Chemist
Chemists study the composition of matter and its properties such as density, acidity, size and shape. They carefully describe the
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Climatologist
Climatologists study climate conditions averaged over a period of time. They use climate models for a variety of purposes, from
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College Professor
PACE NIELSEN “Mathematics has an unearthly beauty and majesty… At the University of California, Berkeley, I earned my Ph.D.. During
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Computational Biologist
A computational biologist (bioinformatics) applies the techniques of computer science, applied mathematics, and statistics to address biological problems. His/her main
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Computer Scientist
Computer scientists work as theorists, researchers, or inventors. They use innovation to solve complex problems and create or apply new
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Cost Estimator
Cost estimators figure out how much a project or product will cost. This helps business owners and managers decide whether
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Cryptanalyst
Cryptanalysts design, implement, and analyze algorithms for solving problems. They analyze and decipher secret coding systems and decode messages for
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Economist
Economists study how society distributes resources, such as land, labor, raw materials, and machinery, to produce goods and services. They
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Electrical Engineer
Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacture of electrical equipment. Some of this equipment includes electric motors; machinery
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Epidemiologist
An epidemiologist investigates and describes the causes and spread of disease and develops the means for prevention or control. They
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Foreign Exchange Trader
A foreign exchange trader looks at the various factors that influence local economies and rates of exchange, and then takes
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Forensic Analyst
Forensic analysts use scientific techniques to solve criminal cases. They may use traditional methods such as fingerprinting, assisted by computers;
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Geographer
A geographer is a scientist whose area of study is geography, the study of Earth’s physical environment and human habitat.
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Geologist
A geologist is a scientist who studies the solid and liquid matter that constitutes the Earth and terrestrial planets. Geologists
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Hydrologist
Hydrologists apply scientific knowledge and mathematical principles to solve water-related problems in society, such as problems of quantity, quality, and
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Inventory Control Specialist
The inventory control specialist maintains the perpetual master inventory listings of all property, coordinates the annual inventories of all property
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Market Research Analyst
Market researchers gather information about what people think. They help companies understand what types of products people want and at
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Mathematical Biophysicist
Mathematical biophysicists develop theories and methods of the physical sciences for the investigation of biological systems.
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Mathematical Physicist
A mathematical physicist applies mathematics to problems in physics and develops mathematical methods suitable for the formulation of physical theories.
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Mathematician
Mathematics is one of the oldest and most fundamental sciences. Mathematicians do research in fields such as logic, set theory,
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Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, manufacture, and test tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical devices. Mechanical engineering is one of
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National Security Analyst
National security analyst, also known as intelligence analysts, use the process of taking known information about situations and entities and with appropriate
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Nuclear Engineer
Nuclear engineers devise how to use radioactive materials in manufacturing, agriculture, medicine, power generation, and many other ways. Many nuclear
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Operations Research Analyst
ROBIN ROUNDY BS Math BYU “BYU’s math department launched me on a very exciting career in  operations research – the
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Petroleum Engineer
Petroleum engineers work in the technical profession that involves extracting oil in increasingly difficult situations as the world’s oil fields
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Physician
JEFF ANDERSON, MD PHD Director of Functional Neuroimaging University of Utah Department of Neuroradiology BS Math BYU “Most people who train in
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Political Scientist
Political scientists study the structure and theory of government and seek practical and theoretical solutions to political problems. Most current
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Psychometrician
A psychometrician is a person who practices the science of measurement, or psychometrics. The term psychometrics refers to the measurement
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Purchasing Agent
Purchasing agents are in charge of all buying for their company. They buy the raw materials, goods, and services their
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Quantitative Financial Market Analyst
A quantitative financial market analyst, also known as a quant,  is a person who works in finance using numerical or
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Statistician
Statistics is the scientific application of mathematical principles to the collection, analysis, and presentation of numerical data. Statisticians apply their
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Stockbroker
A stockbroker invests in the stock market for individuals or corporations. Only members of the stock exchange can conduct transactions,
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Teacher, High School
High-school math teachers teach students subject like geometry, statistics, algebra and calculus. Daily tasks include planning lessons, creating sample problems,
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Technical Writer
A technical writer is a professional writer who designs, writes, creates, maintains, and updates technical documentation—including online help, user guides,
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Urban Planner
Urban planners develop long- and short-term plans for the use of land and the growth of urban, suburban, and rural
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