What are some cool science / math careers?

Updated on : January 20, 2022 by Charlotte Lloyd



What are some cool science / math careers?

How not to mention data science?

Data science is at the heart of artificial intelligence, which will lead the third industrial revolution. AI is getting a lot of negative press. I think this is just a logical extension of the first industrial revolution: after creating artificial powers (instead of using human muscles we started using machines), we “needed” to create artificial intelligence.

Data science is interesting, it has nothing to do with surgery, it is still fun, intellectually stimulating (it will reshape the world like the train did), it pays well with a favorable job market! It is the combination of statistics (mathematics), programming and domain experience.

When I did my induction as a math student, one of the senior professors summarized the career opportunities with math. Every point turned out to be true.

Point # 1 - The actual number of runs is really limited, BUT they tend to be rewarding.

Point n. # 2: What a mathematician does changes a lot every 5 to 10 years as markets change focus.

Both points turned out to be true, but I have some additional advice. First of all, have a deep understanding of the above points. Point 2 is important. It was originally a quant, a job that barely existed when I started my undergraduate degree. Now the focus h

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When I did my induction as a math student, one of the senior professors summarized the career opportunities with math. Every point turned out to be true.

Point # 1 - The actual number of runs is really limited, BUT they tend to be rewarding.

Point n. # 2: What a mathematician does changes a lot every 5 to 10 years as markets change focus.

Both points turned out to be true, but I have some additional advice. First of all, have a deep understanding of the above points. Point 2 is important. It was originally a quant, a job that barely existed when I started my undergraduate degree. Now the focus has shifted to data science and biostates are the key jobs, but in 5-10 years it will probably be something else.

Actuary is the only career that does not follow these rules and offers stability. But if you're not cut out for that and you want a job that's really heavy on math (that is, not what my Aunt Maureen considers heavy on math), it can be a nightmare.

Also understand that these days moving between math careers is very difficult, even if they are related, particularly if you change industries. The number of my classmates who have changed careers is quite low, but in most cases it happened as a result of poor management decisions at their first employer. So if it happens to you, you need to understand what you are dealing with. First, you will need to relearn a new industry to make a change. It is not easy to fool interviews in quantitative finance, data science, biostatistics, as they are technical interviews. And if you are switching from something else to them, you will need a CV rewrite that will not just take a weekend - I reviewed mine with a professional (a specialist who was hard to find) and it took me 2 months,

Expect shit from family and friends about this from what happens. My change was prudent, so it was okay, but it still wasn't easy. My brother's attitude is actually quite decent: he has no math experience and the day I became a quant he promised never to question my knowledge of math careers again and said the reason was that it was clear that he had entered a quantum. career in which no one stumbles. (I've seen people stumble upon actuary but not quantitative careers, so you're right.) I contrasted that with my sister who has to fight and look for dirt every time I talk about racing (which I don't do anymore). It's all the sarcasm of the lowest common denominator and it works around "forgetting" the things I say and assuming that I don't know anything. In general, he forgets that I have spent 14 years in 2 math majors, unless of course he can conveniently use it against me in a vitriolic way. It even started with my father a few years ago, who told him in no uncertain terms what would happen if he did it again.

My advice is to keep your lips tight. There is no point trying to convince the clowns and you will achieve nothing.

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