In a financial way, what can a knowledge of math bring your way? Below is a listing of "math" careers. Can you think of others? The following were recently were listed as the five "best" jobs.

They were :

software engineer

actuary

computer systems analyst

computer programmer

mathematician

This list was the result of the comparison of two hundred fifty jobs classified according to :

income

future outlook

physical demands

job security

stress

work environment

A List of Professions:

The following list briefly describes work associated with some mathematics-related professions :

actuary-- assemble and analyze statistics to calculate probabilities of death, sickness, injury, disability, unemployment, retirement, and property loss; design insurance and pension plans and ensure that they are maintained on a sound financial basis

mathematics teacher-- introduce students to the power and beauty of mathematics in elementary, junior high, or high school mathematics courses

operations research analyst-- assist organizations (manufacturers, airlines, military) in developing the most efficient, cost-effective solutions to organizational operations and problems; this includes strategy, forecasting, resource allocation, facilities layout, inventory control, personnel schedules, and distribution systems

statistician-- collect, analyze, and present numerical data resulting from surveys and experiments

physician-- diagnose patient illnesses, prescribe medication, teach classes, mentor interns, and do clinical research; students with a good mathematics background will find themselves being admitted to the best medical schools and discover that mathematics has prepared them well for the discipline, analysis, and problem- solving required in the field of medicine

research scientist-- model atmospheric conditions to gain insight into the effect of changing emissions from cars, trucks, power plants, and factories; apply these models in the development of alternative fuels

computer scientist-- interface the technology of computers with the underlying mathematical principles of such diverse applications as medical diagnoses, graphics animation, interior design, cryptogrraphy, and parallel computers

inventory strategist-- analyze historical sales data, model forecast uncertainty to design contingency plans, and analyze catalog displays to make them more successful; analyze consumer responses

staff systems air traffic control analyst-- apply probability, statistics, and logistsics to air traffic control operations; use simulated aircraft flight to monitor air traffic control computer systems

cryptologist-- design and analyze schemes used to transmit secret information

attorney-- research, comprehend, and apply local, state, and federal laws; a good background in mathematics will help a student get admitted to law school and assist in the understanding of complicated theoretical legal concepts

economist-- interpret and analyze the interrelationships among factors which drive the economics of a particular organization, industry, or country

mathematics professor-- teach mathematics classes, do theoretical research, and advise undergraduate and graduate students at colleges and universities

environmental mathematician-- work as member of interdisciplinary team of scientists and professionals studying problems at specific Superfund sites; communicate effectively across many academic discilplines and be able to summarize work in writing

robotics engineer-- combine mathematics, engineering, and computer science in the study and design of robots

geophysical mathematician -- develop the mathematical basis for seismic imaging tools used in the exploration and production of oil and gas reservoirs

design -- use computer graphics and mathematical modeling in the design and construction of physical prototypes; integrate geometric design with cost-effective manufacturing of resulting products

ecologist -- study the interrelationships of organisms and their environments and the underlying mathematical dynamics

geodesist -- study applied science involving the precise measurement of the size and shape of the earth and its gravity field

photogrammetrist -- study the applied science of multi-spectral image acquisition from terrestrial, aerial and satellite camera platforms, followed up by the image processing, analysis, storage, display, and distribution in various hard-copy and digital format

civil engineer -- plan, design, and manage the construction of land vehicle, aircraft, water, and energy transport systems; analyze and control systems for land vehicular traffic; analyze and control environmental systems for sewage and water treatment; develop sites for industrial, commercial and residential home use; analyze and control systems for storm water drainage and storage; manage construction of foundations, structures and buildings; analyze construction materials ; and surface soils and subterranean material analysis

geomatics engineer -- once known as "surveying engineer", includes geodetic surveying : takes into account the size and shape of the earth, in order to determine the precise horizontal and vertical positions of geodetic reference monuments----ad infinitum...it goes on for 30 lines and make civil engeneering look down right boring!

I know my favorite,and I get to do it each day!

I also know my least favorite, a cryptologist. I hate Soduko!

What about you?