Do you enjoy math? Are you a quick thinker able to handle complex problems in your head while working towards a solution? If so, your love of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) can make you stand out among job applicants. And there are lots of STEM summer programs and STEM colleges where you can explore your love of numbers.
Here are a few careers to consider if you’re that student who enjoys reading ahead in your math textbook and solving practice equations before your teacher goes over the material.
1. Insurance Actuary
Actuaries work for insurance companies. They calculate the probability of potential events, like a car crash, that would lead to a customer filing a claim. They do this so that the insurance company can accurately decide on fair premiums to charge their clients. You’ll spend a lot of time calculating probabilities, working with statistics, and reviewing data about whatever industry your insurance company is in.
One of the best things about being an actuary is the stability. The more industry knowledge and experience you have the more valuable you become to the company so your job position is very secure.
If you’re interested in probability, you might want to consider UConn’s pre-college summer program in statistics.
2. Computer Programmer
If you like math, you’re probably a very analytical thinker which is very important as a computer programmer. Computer programming requires a very sharp mind, the ability to juggle multiple ideas in your head at once, and the ability to focus for long periods of time. You probably already have these skills.
With a brain built for math, you’ll likely be able to learn programming skills if you just commit to it. There are a wide variety of coding summer camps that teach you the basics. For example, iD Coding and Engineering Academies are offered at sites throughout the United States each summer.
We’ve all heard of Pythagoras and Isaac Newton but the good news is, we still need mathematicians today. Yes, you can study math all your life! You can work in industry to build models and equations for companies and manufacturers or if you prefer “pure” equations you can focus on “abstract mathematics,” solving equations using pure mathematical concepts without a direct industry application.
And if you really just like the feel of the being in the math classroom, you can always teach math at a university or high school, possibly continuing your research at the same time.
The Boston College Math Experience is one summer program that lets you indulge and challenge your brain.
Remember, math is rare. You’re in a perfect position to follow a career that would make most of your peer’s heads swim. Some career choices will provide you with incredible stability. Programmers are paid very well, are in high demand, and get to work at some of the most innovative companies in the world. Some mathematicians even become world famous!