The Number Game

Gauri Chhabra
Are you a number cruncher? Do you love solving Mathematical problems? Are you data driven? If yes, you are on the threshold of a growth trajectory of diverse range of careers such as actuaries, computer engineering, mathematicians, economics, professors and much more. You would be the most sought after resource.
Getting in
To make a career in Mathematics after 12th, you need to pass 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM). To explore the career options after graduation, you must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. Similarly, to pursue higher degree or career after post-graduation, you must possess a master’s degree in the same discipline.
As far as skill set is concerned, you would have the ability to deploy the right mathematical formulae and laws to solve the particular problem besides possessing good communication skills so as to explain the process of problem solving to your  peers or generally explaining your work. If you wish to get into Applied Mathematics, you must possess knowledge of different areas such as finance, geology, computer science, engineering, economics, Industrial management.
Course Cursor:
Courses after 12th:
*Bachelor of Mathematics (Hons.) (B.Maths)
*Bachelor of Science (B. Sc Maths)
*Bachelor of Science (B. Sc Honors Maths)
*Bachelor of Science (B. Sc-Actuarial Science)
Institute Scape
*Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore offering B. Math (Hons.)
*TATA Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai offering B.Sc (Hons.) in Mathematics
*Amity University, Noida offering B.Sc (Hons.) in Mathematics
*Christ University, Bangalore offering B. Sc (CMS) Computer Sc, Maths, Statistics and B. Sc (EMS) Economics, Mathematics, Statistics
*Panjab University, Chandigarh offering B.Sc (Hons.) in Mathematics
*Chennai Mathematical Institute, Chennai, offering B.Sc Mathematics
*University of Delhi, Delhi, offering B.Sc Mathematics
*Amity School of Insurance and Actuarial Science, Noida offering B. Sc-Actuarial Science
Courses after graduation
*Master of Mathematics (Hons) (M.Math)
*Master of Science (M. Sc) in Mathematics
*Master of Science (M. Sc Actuarial Science)
Institute Scape:
*Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore offering M. Math (Hons.)
*Christ University, Bangalore offering Master of Science (M. Sc), Mathematics and M. Sc, Actuarial Science
*Panjab University, Chandigarh, offering M. Sc, Mathematics
*AIMS Institutes, Bangalore offering M. Sc , Mathematics
*Amity University, Noida offering (M. Sc), Actuarial Science
*Indira Gandhi National Open University, (IGNOU), Delhi, offering M. Sc Actuarial Science
*University of Madras, Tamil Nadu offering (M. Sc) in Actuarial Science
*M. Phil
*Ph. D
Institute Scape
*Christ University, Bangalore offering M. Phil, Mathematics
*Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar offering M. Phil,  Mathematics
*National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, Mangalore, offering Ph.D, Mathematical and Computational Sciences
*Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal offering Ph.D in Mathematics
*Central University of Himachal Pardesh, Dharamsala, offering Ph.D in Mathematics
Diploma / Certificate Courses
*Certificate course in Vedic Mathematics
*Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics
Institute Scape
*R.A. Podar College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai, offering Certificate course in Vedic Mathematics
*Mahaveer Institute of Computer Education, Pune, offering Certificate course in Vedic Mathematics
*Osmania University, Hyderabad, offering Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics Education
*Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women’s University,Mumbai, offering Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics Education
Career Scape
Mathematician jobs are quite flexible; one may work as part of a team or opt to work independently. If you have mathematics major you may find jobs in any of the following fields:
Actuarial Scientist
Actuarial science uses mathematics and statistics to assess risk. It applies in finance and insurance fields. The job of an actuary involves analyzing data to predict and calculate long-term risks regarding financial decisions and planning. While working as Actuarial Science you will help to choose the investments based on the risk involved in it. i.e investments with more return and less risk. Actuary formulates various insurance policies and calculating the premium to be charged.
Statisticians apply mathematical principles to the collection, analysis and presentation of numerical data. You will analyze survey results, prepare and present statements of analysis on graphs, scales or other measuring devices. You will forecast future possibilities through this analysis.
Operations Research Analyst
Operations research analysts formulate and apply mathematical modeling methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with policy formulation and other managerial functions. You will help managers to make better decisions and solve problems. If you’re planning to take this profession be sure you have a thorough knowledge of strong quantitative and computer skills: an advanced knowledge in mathematics.
A mathematician is a person whose primary area of study or research is mathematics. Mathematicians are concerned with particular problems related to logic, space, transformations, numbers and more general ideas which encompass these concepts. While working as Mathematician you will do research, come up with problems and solutions, etc.
Chartered Accountant
With the rapid growth in economy, careers in finance and accounts have gained tremendous popularity and the most esteemed career option in this field is that of Chartered Accountant. A Chartered accountant is somebody who specializes in accounting, auditing and taxation.
Software Engineer
A highly fulfilling career, software engineers design and develop software. After choosing Software Engineering as a career option, you will apply the theories and principles of computer science and mathematical analysis to create, test, analyze and evaluate the software applications and systems that make computers work. Software engineers are also experts in theory of computing systems, the structure of software, and the nature and limitations of hardware to ensure that the underlying systems will work properly.
You could work in any one of the following areas in Banking – accountant, customer service, front desk, cash handling, account opening, current account, savings account, mortgage loan underwriter, loan processing officer, back end operations, product marketing and sales executive, recovery officer, retail asset manager, property appraiser and customer service executive. As banks provide loans for setting up business and for various development work and thereby generate thousands of jobs and career opportunities in the banking finance sector.
If you have an affinity for numbers, you can pursue a career in teaching. A maths teacher is always on demand as this is considered one of the main subjects throughout schooling. It is a highly paid job in India as many maths teachers provide coaching or tuition to students. Mathematicians who work in academia usually have a mix of teaching and research responsibilities.
Computer Systems Analysts
Professionals in this field use IT tools to help enterprises of all sizes achieve their goals. Most systems analysts work with specific types of computer systems – for example, business, accounting, and financial systems or scientific and engineering system to prepare cost-benefit and return-on-investment analysis to help management decide whether implementing the proposed technology would be financially feasible.
Summing up
Therefore, if you wish to carve a  career in the game of numbers, make logical thinking, concise argument and focussed problem solving your goal.


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