So You Like Maths…Where Could That Take You?
Welcome to the Sponge Blog’s Career Series. This series will take you through a variety of career options that may interest you, based on the school subjects that you enjoy.
For simplicity, we have filed these career options under three sub-headings. The first is titled ‘The Obvious‘ – a fairly self-explanatory one. Careers under this heading have direct and obvious links to the subject of the article.
The second section is titled ‘The Skills-Related‘ – careers under this heading are related to the skills you develop in a particular subject, as opposed to the content.
The third sub-heading is called ‘The Obscure‘ – this section contains a list of careers that you might not necessarily have considered or even realised are related to the subject.
So, if Maths is your go-to subject at school, here are some career options you may want to consider.
If you like Maths, then pursuing a career as a mathematician is a fairly OBVIOUS choice. That doesn’t mean it’s not a good one though. As a mathematician, you will use your knowledge of maths to solve numerical problems. You might also work on developing new theories and researching data. An interest in maths is pretty vital!
An accountant’s role is to take care of a business’s finances. This includes money spent and earned, taxes, payroll, etc. A significant proportion of this role is dealing with numbers and figures – a great way to spend your time if you look forward to maths class each day.
Another obvious career choice if you enjoy maths, but a noble one nonetheless. It is likely that your own interest in maths is due in part to a really great maths teacher, so why not inspire a whole new generation to pursue maths further too?
A coder creates the coding used in digital software. Anything that you interact with digitally required coding, including phone apps, websites, games and social media platforms. Coding is a steadily growing field and coders are currently in huge demand!
Maths plays a significant role in the career of engineering. Engineers often use maths in their role of designing, planning and constructing machines, buildings and structures. There are many fields that engineering encompasses, allowing you to narrow down into a more specific field of interest over time.
Many students who study Maths at university go on to become actuaries. An actuary works with insurance companies, using maths and statistics to measure and manage the risk involved with certain activities.
A statistician, as you may be able to guess, works with statistics. Their role is to research and analyse data and statistics to solve real world problems. If you enjoy maths, the idea of using numbers and data to solve problems may appeal to you.
Maths plays an important role in the construction of buildings and objects. Maths skills, like measuring materials, understanding blueprints and creating structures, are daily tasks for carpenters. If you enjoy learning maths but want to use it in a practical way, carpentry might be the career for you.
Maths skills are used by pilots every time they are in control of an aircraft. This includes calculating speed and measuring angles for ascent and descent to make sure they hit the runway perfectly to avoid a crash – something fun to think about on your next flight.
It’s all about those problem-solving skills here!
If you are interested in science as well as maths, then pharmacy might be a career worth considering. Pharmacists use many maths skills, but measurement and unit conversion would be the most common.
A career in architecture is focused on the planning, designing and construction of buildings. Maths-related skills, particularly geometry, play an important part in the field of architecture and can even be seen in the construction of ancient buildings (think the Pyramids of Giza, Leaning Tower of Piza, etc.).
If coding and creating software isn’t quite up your alley, but you are still interested in using maths in the field of software, software testing might be what you want. It’s all in the name really, a software tester tests software, looking for inconsistencies, bugs or any errors that are impacting the software’s performance. The maths skills used are similar to those used in coding, but software tester’s also needs to use the mathematical skill of looking out for small details.
A meteorologist uses maths to predict the weather. Calculus plays a significant part in the life of a meteorologist, but maths skills such as recognising patterns and analysing data are important too.
Many designers use maths. Due to the vast range of sometimes weird and wonderful designing jobs on offer, however, we have filed this career under ‘The Obscure’ heading.
Maths is crucial to games designers, who use calculations to understand how their characters will move, fly or fight. On the other hand, Rollercoaster Designers (yes, that’s a real job!) use maths to calculate the curves and drops of a rollercoaster, as well as the maximum speed and G-force the rollercoaster can generate.
International Sports Measurer
How do you know who won the Olympic Gold Medal for High Jump? It’s all thanks to the international sports measurer. Maths skills include…measurement.
The role of a cryptographer is to make, and occasionally, break codes. As more information is stored electronically, the demand for cryptologists is growing to protect that information from hackers. This is another role that uses problem solving skills and an understanding of computer sciences.
Special Effects Director, Animator
Maths plays a key role in the film industry too. Animators frequently use algebra and an understanding of 3D objects in order to draw the movement of characters and objects on screen. Special Effects Directors use similar skills when they create fantastical visual effects for film and television too.
If the creative elements of maths spark joy for you, then you should definitely consider using it in the entertainment industry.
Finally, for a Sports Coach, maths is key to understanding an athlete’s statistics and improving their performance, as well as analysing the data for an opposing team, to better understand their strengths and weaknesses.
Understanding and using this mathematical information properly greatly impacts an athlete’s or a team’s performance.