Careers for Students who Excel in Algebra

With the recent focus from the Department of Education and various non-profit organizations on encouraginh more students to take up careers in science and math, one would think that being good in one of these subjects would make selecting a career fairly easy. There are a wide range of career choices available for students who are good in algebra, and picking amongst them can be difficult. Below is a list of some traditional and not-so-traditional jobs for students who are excel in algebra.

Statistician: Statisticians work in a variety of fields ranging from sports to news broadcasting. Job requirements usually include analyzing data and looking for patterns. Statisticians can review batting averages and other statistics for a sports team to help determine whom to draft, work in game development for a casino, or conduct political polls for politicians. Salaries start at about $45,000 a year, but there is a lot of variation, depending on the industry.

Engineering Technician: This term encompasses a broad range of career fields available to people who are good at math but do not have a college degree. Technicians are people who set up and run experiments and tests in the field and the lab for engineers. The work can include running power lines for an electric company, taking soil samples for a civil engineering firm, or running explosives for a mining company. Salaries start at $25,000 a year.

Math Teacher: Colleges and universities are always looking for people who have Ph.D.s in Math to teach their engineering students, but math teachers are in high demand in middle and high schools. Some school districts pay a premium for people who are qualified to teach secondary math. If you get an M.S. degree, you can teach on the college level, which offers a much more flexible schedule. Salaries range from $35,000 to $70,000 a year.

Engineering: All branches of engineering can use people who are good at algebra and more advanced math, but your focus should depend on the areas you’re most interested in. Industrial engineers plan factory layouts and figure out the most efficient ways to produce manufactured goods. Aerospace engineers look at fluid dynamics and shapes for airline, boat, and automotive industries. Engineers usually start around $50,000 a year, with an average salary of about $85,000, although this can be much higher for engineers who own their own design firms.

If you’re good at algebra, talk to your teachers about possible career fields for you. Also talk to college students, their professors, and people working in the career field you’re interested in.