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Careers in Mathematics

Teaching

Teaching mathematics at the K-12 level is a high-demand field and the need is expected to grow in the future. For more information explore: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Profile: Jaime Escalante

Jaime was a Bolivian educator known for teaching calculus to students in East Los Angeles. Escalante was the subject of the film Stand and Deliver (1988)

Actuarial Science

Actuarial Scientists take both math and statistics and apply them to finance and insurance.

Profile: David X. Li

Born in China in the 1960s, he has been called “the world’s most influential actuary” by The Financial Times.

Computer Science

The study of theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and the application in computer systems. The logical thinking of mathematicians is highly prized in this field.

Profile: Shafi Goldwasser

Shafi is a theoretical computer scientist, two time recipient of the Godel Prize, and is the RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Operations Research

Using mathematics to arrive at optimal decisions to problems. For example, maximizing or minimizing things like costs or profits.

Profile: Nelson Maculan

Nelson is a professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He is also the President of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies.

Biomathematics

Models of natural and biological processes using mathematical techniques. For example, modeling diseases and their effects on populations.

Profile: Gerda de Vries

Gerda is a professor at the University of Alberta and is also President of the Society for Mathematical Biology

Cryptography

This is the practice and study of hiding information. It’s not just for spies any longer; cryptography includes security of ATM cards, computer passwords, the digital signal of television channels.

Profile: Adi Shamir

Adi is a co-inventor of the RSA algorithm, a co-inventor of Feige-Fiat-Shamir identification scheme, an inventor of differential cryptanalysis, and has made numerous other contributions to computer science and cryptography.

Finance

Mathematics is used to model and forecast the behavior of financial markets.

Profile: Amartya Sen

An economist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences in 1998 for his contributions to social choice theory and welfare economics.