Careers for Number Lovers

Jan 07, 2011

Do you dream of the quadratic equation and count sheep even when you're awake? If you find visions of numbers dancing in your head, you may want to consider a career as an accountant, actuary or mathematician. Read on to learn more about these and other math-intensive careers for number lovers.



Accounting is a popular job for number lovers. With a bachelor's degree in accounting and a license as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), you can spend your days crunching numbers to your heart's delight. Accountants can work for individuals managing their finances or large companies maintaining their books. Accountants also find work with the IRS and for tax-preparing companies.

Financial Mathematician

Even with the recent economic woes, Wall Street is a lucrative place to work, and financial companies have lots of room for number lovers. Financial mathematics, also known as quantitative finance, involves market analysis and analysis of complex financial instruments, such as derivative securities. If you don't want to work as a 'quant' (the nickname for financial mathematicians on Wall Street), your number skills can also get you a career as a stock or commodities trader, or a job working on the foreign exchange.


Interested in probabilities? Consider a career as an actuary, also known as a 'professional fortune teller.' Actuaries calcuate risk and determine the likelihood of a costly event, such as a natural disaster or an accident. These professionals primarily work for insurance companies, though job opportunities are also available with the federal government and management consulting firms. This career also boasts an almost non-existent unemployment rate as well as a salary on the high end of the pay scale.

math professor


One of the most satisfying and difficult jobs for a true number-lover is being a mathematician. Those who are passionate about the purity of numbers can pursue a career as a college-level math professor. Some mathematicians primarily perform applied math research. Math overlaps with many practical fields, including computer science, engineering, biology and physics. A Ph.D. is typically required in order to become a mathematician.

Math Teacher

Love working with kids and young adults? Consider sharing your passion for numbers as an elementary or secondary math teacher. Public school teachers will need to meet their state requirements for a teaching license. Math teachers are in demand for K-12 schools, so there's a good chance of finding a job once you're licensed.

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