Best Careers for Math Lovers

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People suitable for these careers are good at mathematics and their job requires them to use a lot of mathematics to solve problems.

Treasurers and Controllers

direct financial activities, such as planning, procurement, and investments for all or part of an organization.
Salary: $146830
Education: Master's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Natural Sciences Managers

plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
Salary: $139680
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction

Physicists

2 reviews
conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.
Salary: $125280
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Aerospace Engineers

4 reviews
perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.
Salary: $117100
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction

Actuaries

3 reviews
analyze statistical data, such as mortality, accident, sickness, disability, and retirement rates and construct probability tables to forecast risk and liability for payment of future benefits. May ascertain insurance rates required and cash reserves necessary to ensure payment of future benefits.
Salary: $116250
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Environmental Economists

conduct economic analysis related to environmental protection and use of the natural environment, such as water, air, land, and renewable energy resources. Evaluate and quantify benefits, costs, incentives, and impacts of alternative options using economic principles and statistical techniques.
Salary: $116020
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth


Economists

conduct research, prepare reports, or formulate plans to address economic problems related to the production and distribution of goods and services or monetary and fiscal policy. May collect and process economic and statistical data using sampling techniques and econometric methods.
Salary: $116020
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Chemical Engineers

design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.
Salary: $114470
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction

Engineering Professors

teach courses pertaining to the application of physical laws and principles of engineering for the development of machines, materials, instruments, processes, and services. Includes teachers of subjects such as chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, mineral, and petroleum engineering. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Salary: $113680
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Astronomers

1 reviews
observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems.
Salary: $111090
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth

Remote Sensing Scientists

apply remote sensing principles and methods to analyze data and solve problems in areas such as natural resource management, urban planning, or homeland security. May develop new sensor systems, analytical techniques, or new applications for existing systems.
Salary: $110090
Education: Master's degree

Applications Software Developers

7 reviews
develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.
Salary: $108080
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth


Biochemists and Biophysicists

study the chemical composition or physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena. May conduct research to further understanding of the complex chemical combinations and reactions involved in metabolism, reproduction, growth, and heredity. May determine the effects of foods, drugs, serums, hormones, and other substances on tissues and vital processes of living organisms.
Salary: $105940
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Mathematicians

conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields. Solve problems in various fields using mathematical methods.
Salary: $104870
Education: Master's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Manufacturing Engineers

7 reviews
design, integrate, or improve manufacturing systems or related processes. May work with commercial or industrial designers to refine product designs to increase producibility and decrease costs.
Salary: $99410
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction


Photonics Engineers

design technologies specializing in light information or light energy, such as laser or fiber optics technology.
Salary: $99410
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction

Robotics Engineers

research, design, develop, or test robotic applications.
Salary: $99410
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction

Wind Energy Engineers

design underground or overhead wind farm collector systems and prepare and develop site specifications.
Salary: $99410
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction


Marine Engineers

3 reviews
design, develop, and take responsibility for the installation of ship machinery and related equipment including propulsion machines and power supply systems.
Salary: $98970
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Marine Architects

design and oversee construction and repair of marine craft and floating structures such as ships, barges, tugs, dredges, submarines, torpedoes, floats, and buoys. May confer with marine engineers.
Salary: $98970
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Mining and Geological Engineers

conduct sub-surface surveys to identify the characteristics of potential land or mining development sites. May specify the ground support systems, processes and equipment for safe, economical, and environmentally sound extraction or underground construction activities. May inspect areas for unsafe geological conditions, equipment, and working conditions. May design, implement, and coordinate mine safety programs.
Salary: $98420
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Materials Engineers

evaluate materials and develop machinery and processes to manufacture materials for use in products that must meet specialized design and performance specifications. Develop new uses for known materials. Includes those engineers working with composite materials or specializing in one type of material, such as graphite, metal and metal alloys, ceramics and glass, plastics and polymers, and naturally occurring materials. Includes metallurgists and metallurgical engineers, ceramic engineers, and welding engineers.
Salary: $96930
Education: Bachelor's degree

Biomedical Engineers

2 reviews
apply knowledge of engineering, biology, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.
Salary: $95090
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth

Civil Engineers

perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems.
Salary: $93720
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Transportation Engineers

develop plans for surface transportation projects, according to established engineering standards and state or federal construction policy. Prepare designs, specifications, or estimates for transportation facilities. Plan modifications of existing streets, highways, or freeways to improve traffic flow.
Salary: $93720
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Industrial Safety and Health Engineers

plan, implement, and coordinate safety programs, requiring application of engineering principles and technology, to prevent or correct unsafe environmental working conditions.
Salary: $93630
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Mechanical Engineers

1 reviews
perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.
Salary: $92800
Education: Bachelor's degree


Automotive Engineers

3 reviews
develop new or improved designs for vehicle structural members, engines, transmissions, or other vehicle systems, using computer-assisted design technology. Direct building, modification, or testing of vehicle or components.
Salary: $92800
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction

Water/Wastewater Engineers

design or oversee projects involving provision of potable water, disposal of wastewater and sewage, or prevention of flood-related damage. Prepare environmental documentation for water resources, regulatory program compliance, data management and analysis, and field work. Perform hydraulic modeling and pipeline design.
Salary: $92640
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Statisticians

2 reviews
develop or apply mathematical or statistical theory and methods to collect, organize, interpret, and summarize numerical data to provide usable information. May specialize in fields such as bio-statistics, agricultural statistics, business statistics, or economic statistics. Includes mathematical and survey statisticians.
Salary: $92600
Education: Master's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Biostatisticians

develop and apply biostatistical theory and methods to the study of life sciences.
Salary: $92600
Education: Master's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Architects

6 reviews
plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.
Salary: $88860
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Operations Research Analysts

formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions. May collect and analyze data and develop decision support software, service, or products. May develop and supply optimal time, cost, or logistics networks for program evaluation, review, or implementation.
Salary: $88350
Education: Master's degree
Strong job growth


Mathematics Professors

teach courses pertaining to mathematical concepts, statistics, and actuarial science and to the application of original and standardized mathematical techniques in solving specific problems and situations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Salary: $87140
Education: Master's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Biologists

1 reviews
research or study basic principles of plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, development, anatomy, and functions.
Salary: $86390
Education: Master's degree

Chemists

1 reviews
conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.
Salary: $83850
Education: Bachelor's degree


Bioinformatics Scientists

5 reviews
Bioinformatics Scientists conduct research using bioinformatics theory and methods in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, biology and medical informatics. May design databases and develop algorithms for processing and analyzing genomic information, or other biological information.
Salary: $83600
Education: Bachelor's degree

Molecular and Cellular Biologists

research and study cellular molecules and organelles to understand cell function and organization.
Salary: $83600
Education: Doctoral degree

Hydrologists

research the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of underground and surface waters; and study the form and intensity of precipitation, its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and its return to the ocean and atmosphere.
Salary: $82790
Education: Master's degree
Strong job growth


Accountants

6 reviews
analyze financial information and prepare financial reports to determine or maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.
Salary: $78820
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Logistics Engineers

design or analyze operational solutions for projects such as transportation optimization, network modeling, process and methods analysis, cost containment, capacity enhancement, routing and shipment optimization, or information management.
Salary: $78730
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Financial Quantitative Analysts

develop quantitative financial products used to inform individuals or financial institutions engaged in saving, lending, investing, borrowing, or managing risk. Investigate methods for financial analysis to create mathematical models used to develop improved analytical tools or advanced financial investment instruments.
Salary: $77580
Education: Master's degree
High job satisfaction


Risk Management Specialists

analyze and manage risk management issues by identifying, measuring, and making decisions on operational or enterprise risks for an organization.
Salary: $77580
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction

Mathematical Technicians

apply standardized mathematical formulas, principles, and methodology to technological problems in engineering and physical sciences in relation to specific industrial and research objectives, processes, equipment, and products.
Salary: $72390
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Cost Estimators

1 reviews
prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.
Salary: $69710
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth


Surveyors

make exact measurements and determine property boundaries. Provide data relevant to the shape, contour, gravitation, location, elevation, or dimension of land or land features on or near the earth's surface for engineering, mapmaking, mining, land evaluation, construction, and other purposes.
Salary: $66440
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Geodetic Surveyors

measure large areas of the Earth's surface using satellite observations, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), light detection and ranging (LIDAR), or related sources.
Salary: $66440
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Manufacturing Engineering Technologists

develop tools, implement designs, or integrate machinery, equipment, or computer technologies to ensure effective manufacturing processes.
Salary: $65720
Education: Associate's degree
High job satisfaction


Electronics Engineering Technologists

assist electronics engineers in such activities as electronics systems and instrumentation design or digital signal processing.
Salary: $65720
Education: Associate's degree
High job satisfaction

Energy Brokers

buy or sell energy products on the behalf of residential or commercial customers or utilities. Negotiate and oversee contracts for energy sales.
Salary: $64860
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth




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