If you have the necessary math know-how, it can really pay.
John Tate, a scientist from the University of Texas at Austin was recently awarded the Abel Prize--thought of as math's Nobel--for his work with Algebraic Number Theory. It's one of the math principles that lies at the heart of internet security, a facet of everyday living in today's world.
And the world desperately needs top mathematicians to help safeguard our cyber information. The prize, presented by the King of Norway, includes a $1 million cash award.