# Mathematics is the Gateway to Many Careers

- Aug 11, 2016
- Sudipto Das

Every student, after a specific point in life, starts to wonder about the possibility of a particular career for the foreseeable future. This choice pops up by the time the student reaches his/her secondary grades in school. Their dilemma in choices creates some problems because students are not so sure about the particular career on which they should finally settle. Another issue that also comes into existence is the choice of a right subject for that particular career. Mathematics is a subject that acts as a gateway to many careers. This article will highlight a few enticing career prospects related to mathematics.

**Computer Science**

Computer science is firmly based on logic. The backbone of computer programming is mainly based on logic. Mathematics is a subject that teaches logic to students. It also develops significant critical-problem solving skills in students; a criterion that is of utmost importance in the field of computer science.

**Biostatistics **

Biostatistics is the implementation of statistics in medical sciences and does have some enticing career prospects. Statistics is a part and parcel of mathematics. Therefore, we can easily say that biostatistics is indirectly dependent on mathematics. A strong math base can make you a stand out choice among the candidates in the field of biostatistics.

**Engineering**

With the advancement of technology, it can be easily said that engineering has become an outstanding career choice amongst the lot. This field is highly dependent on mathematics ranging from minor measurements to complex calculations. In simpler words, we would like to say that if you do want to engage your career in machines or gadgets in the future and make a career out of it, you must master mathematics to a relatively advanced level. Electronics, mechanical, electrical, chemical, civil, etc.are highly dependent on; you name it, we got it. These rely heavily on mathematics from calculus to geometry and everything in between.

**Technical/Science Writing**

Technical/Science writing is a recent career trend that bears immense prospects both from the point of view of satisfaction and emoluments. So what is technical writing? Technical writing includes everything from technical reporting for periodicals, magazines, blogs and newspapers to writing software documentations. Even writing textbooks on science comes under this category. But nowadays, the world is said to be on the internet and less on the paper. Therefore, blogs, online software manuals and documentations, e-books etc are becoming more important day by day. Technical writing is hugely dependent on mathematics. If you have a good base on mathematics, you’ll be able to write your articles clearly, logically and right to the point for your readers. Writing clear and logical articles is a desirable feature in this field. Reputed science journals or software companies look for writers having a strong base on science along with an impeccable knowledge in English or any other language for technical writing. Mathematics can definitely take care of that first quality we mentioned over here.

**Statistics **

Statistics is the method of collecting, classifying, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. This field is a part and parcel of mathematics and do require a sound mathematical mind. Statistics has huge career prospects. There are tons of decent as well as outstanding jobs in statistics. The candidates who are up for it must have a strong base in mathematics because a strong math base probably is the only way to make a career out of stat.

**Operation research**

Operation research (OR) is the implementation of mathematics in decision-making and problems of optimization. OR is mainly incorporated in business fields where practical problems are tackled with an unique approach. These practical problems range from the economic impact of power plant safety measures to safeguarding endangered plant species.

**Finance **

A career in finance can be pretty enticing. The jobs can range from analyzing the stock market to banking. Mathematics is hugely incorporated in any job that’s directly related to finance.

**Actuarial Mathematics**

Actuarial mathematics is mainly related to the application of probability and statistics. It’s usually implemented in insurance industries. Probability and statistics is an important math topic; so having a good base in those topics would definitely be beneficial for a candidate who wants to make a career out of actuarial mathematics.

Mathematics undoubtedly, is the gateway to many careers. Even if you wish to make a career out of a field that’s not directly or indirectly linked to mathematics, you are expected to know some basics of the subject to a certain level. After school online math classes can be beneficial in this aspect.

An individual who can vent his/her ideas rationally and logically is valued everywhere. And do you know what’s the best thing taught by mathematics? It’s logic. And hence, we can logically say that mathematics is a part of the basic literacy.

### Sudipto Das

Sudipto writes technical and educational content periodically for wizert.com and backs it up with extensive research and relevant examples. He's an avid reader and a tech enthusiast at the same time with a little bit of “Arsenal Football Club” thrown in as well. He's got a B.Tech in Electronics and Instrumentation.

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