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Six Exciting Degrees To Consider If You Are Good With Numbers - Anita Ginsburg

Although many frustrated algebra students would argue otherwise, there are actually many exciting professions that use mathematics. People who are good with numbers have many professional opportunities to use the skills they love. Consider these fun and rewarding careers:

Forensic Accountant

A forensic accountant analyzes and evaluates records to discover criminal activity. These investigators work with law enforcement, law firms, or businesses. To land a job in forensic accounting you will need a bachelor’s or master’s degree in accounting or finance.

Sports Statistician

If you have an interest in sports as well as numbers, then think about being a sports statistician. Sports statisticians gather and analyze data on sports performances, but they don’t just sit on the sidelines with a clipboard. Sports statisticians use critical-thinking skills, analytical abilities, and communications skills. To be a sports statistician you need a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a field such as mathematics, statistics, or computer programming.

Transportation Engineer

Transportation engineering is a branch of civil engineering, working specifically to plan and design transportation systems. As with any engineering profession, transportation engineers use maths and science to solve real-world problems. A Master of Engineering in civil engineeringis what you will need to pursue this profession.


Cryptanalysts use maths and computers to analyze, break, and write secret codes. They may work on creating encryption to protect online data or they may work as hired hackers to find holes in a company’s existing security. To find work as a cryptanalyst you will need at least a bachelor’s degree in mathematics but if you are interested in doing research you will need a Ph.D.

Computer and Information Systems Managers

These managers plan and direct the computer and internet networks and activities for an organization. They help design and meet the information technology goals for that organization. This job requires a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science and related work experience. Many managers also have graduate degrees.


Physicists study the ways that matter and energy interact and relate in the universe to formulate the laws that govern matter and energy. They may work in applied or theoretical fields and study a wide range of exciting topics. For most research physicist jobs, you will need a Ph.D. in Physics and good computer skills as well as the ability to think critically.

Using maths in a career doesn’t have to be boring and monotonous. These exciting options require solid maths skills, and they can lead to rewarding careers.

Contributed by Anita Ginsburg, a freelance writer based in Denver, CO.