Karen Willcox (Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, The University of Texas, USA)
Besides the possibility to work as a teacher in high school or as an academic researcher a degree in mathematics opens up a huge variety of possible career options. Studying mathematics is one of the best possible ways to learn analytic and problem solving skills. Mathematical methods lead to many interesting applications, for example in image processing, telecommunication or financial mathematics. For these reasons studying mathematics prepares you for a lot of career options. Here are some environments mathematicians are working in:
- banks and insurance companies: assessment of risk (e. g. in financial investment, credit rating)
- information technology: software development and marketing
- research institutes and departments: cooperation with researchers in natural or engineering sciences
- consulting: management consultancy on business strategy
More information can be found e.g. on the web page of the American Mathematical Society (AMS).