What types of careers are available to mathematicians?
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The number of careers available to mathematicians is much too long to list in this text. Some of the classic jobs include architect, statistician, bookkeeper, systems engineer, research scientist (in many fields, such as geology, physics, astronomy, chemistry, and biology), engineering, and even rocket science; some of the more modern applications include mathematics in materials science, computer animation, neuroscience (in a subfield called biomedical mathematics), and nanotechnology.
To find out more about mathematical careers, check out the following websites:
American Mathematical Society (http://www.ams.org/careers/)—On this site just link to the “archives” to read about mathematicians in various careers.
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (http://www.siam.org/careers/) —This site lists not only careers but also interviews many mathematicians about their work. It also has a list of questions to consider if you are thinking about a career in mathematics.
Mathematical Association of America (http://www.maa.org/students/undergrad/career.html)—This site looks closely at several job specialties in mathematics, provides profiles of many working mathematicians, and lists several books about careers in mathematics.
American Institute of Mathematics (http://www.aimath.org/)—This site has a great deal of information for the mathematical student, including papers on math, careers in mathematics, and research activities.
Association for Women in Mathematics (http://sites.google.com/site/awmmath/)—The offerings at this site are mainly for women in mathematics, including student chapters, announcements for mathematical conferences and lectures, mathematical careers, and travel grants.