Are you like Sheldon who can grasp practically any concept thrown at him and look down on people who “struggled” with math problems (or anything remotely intellectual for that matter). Maybe you are just that good with numbers that you don’t understand how others can’t do numbers in their head. Or, maybe you just don’t care – you know you’re good, who cares about the rest?
So, mister or miss math nerd, what are you doing with your life?
Don’t get me wrong. Using your mathematical skills to earn cred by beating everyone else in Sudoku and/or 2048 is nothing to sniff at. But why not go a step further and make money out of that math geek that is you? (If you’re not already, that is.)
Here are some ideas that you’ll probably find fun; oh, and not only are they fun, they pay awesomely so you can pay for all the latest collectibles and not break the bank.
One of the fastest growing industries right now is web analysis. As such, the demand for intelligent web analysts is increasing. Because the job requires an advanced understanding of statistics, data analysis, and advanced computations, mathematically inclined professionals often flock to these positions.
If you see patterns in numbers like nothing else, and you like thinking in terms of percentages and statistic significance, then this may be the job for you.
Web analysts have one primary goal: Study data and trends in order to make your company’s website better. While that may sound simple, it’s actually a pretty monumental challenge in many instances. Not only do you have to be proficient at Google Analytics, but you also must possess a knack for interpreting numbers and developing insightful conclusions. While positions may vary drastically from company to company, the average salary is $71,499 – with most positions ranging from $51,000 to $97,000 per year.
If you love to tabulate, analyze, and interpret numbers – similar to above – being a statistician may intrigue you. According to the American Statistical Association, experts in this field are tasked with producing trustworthy and relevant data, presenting data in a clear manner, and drawing concise and practical conclusions from data.
Statisticians are in high demand in a variety of different industries, including healthcare, environmentalism, professional sports, and market research. That’s the awesome part – you can choose pretty much any industry that you geek out over. The average pay is somewhere around $75,560 per year.
Weather geek? Check this out.
At first glance, it may not look like a math-related job, but meteorologists must be math masters. The job requires a proficient understanding of science, math, and physics in order to successfully predict weather patterns and accurately study various processes of the Earth’s atmosphere.
The meteorology field is heavily dependent on experience and skill, with salaries ranging anywhere from $31,000 to $104,000 per year. Currently, the national average is somewhere north of $62,000.
One of the top paying and most fulfilling fields for math geeks is actuarial science. Jobs in this field involve analyzing data and determining the potential risk of events in order to evaluate the financial implications for people and businesses. Most commonly, actuaries provide insurance companies with recommendations for rates.
“I like to think that I’m helping people,” says one actuary. “I’m helping them get good health care, I’m helping them protect themselves in old age. I’m creating economic growth.” However, there’s much more than self-fulfillment to being an actuary. Careers in this field actually pay very well. Not only are jobs in this industry expected to grow by 26 percent from 2012-2022, but the median salary is $93,680.
After all, there are plenty of math jokes to go around. Just consider the following, as gathered by Walter Hickey of Business Insider.
- “Three statisticians go out hunting together. After a while they spot a solitary rabbit. The first statistician takes aim and overshoots. The second aims and undershoots. The third shouts out, ‘We got him!’”
- “What do you get when you cross a mosquito with a mountain climber? Nothing. You can’t cross a vector and a scalar.”
- “There was a statistician that drowned crossing a river… It was 3 feet deep on average.”
Find a Job That’s Right for You
Aside from the last suggestion, these are all practical, well-paying fields that you should consider pursuing. While you’ll have to start from the bottom, the future payoffs can be tremendous.
What are you waiting for? Find a job that makes use of what you’re good at and obsess about.