3 Math and Science Career Ideas

In the fields of Math and Science, careers don't have to be limited to teaching the subject alone. If you're so inclined, there are numerous exciting and world-changing career paths available to those with the right mindset and educational background. This article will detail three of the most exciting fields in Math and Science.

Experimental Physicist

An experimental physicist, as the name might suggest, conducts experiments that allow them to examine the physical laws of the universe. This could involve high-powered lasers, sub-zero chemicals and trips around the world. To be an employed experimental physicist, a lengthy but interesting academic career is necessary, including graduate school and usually a doctoral degree. However, once employed, you generally have a free pass to study what you'd like, however you'd like to study it, and only need follow budgetary restrictions and departmental success standards.

Best of all, your work will contribute to mankind's understanding of their physical universe, and play a huge part in upcoming technological advances, from consumer products to military equipment, and even manned interplanetary space flight and teleportation.

Theoretical Physicist

Unlike the experimental physicist, the theoretical physicist works almost exclusively with numbers and formulas to unravel the secrets of the physical universe. While it may seem like more fun to work with lasers and spaceships, the ability to represent something as powerful and enigmatic as a black hole on your chalkboard does hold a certain appeal to certain people.

Theoretical physicists require the same standard of education as an experimental physicist, but their academic background will be much more heavily math-based, due to the need to be extremely well-versed in cutting-edge quantum mechanics and various mathematical expressions.

A theoretical physicist often works closely with an experimental physicist, to test their theories in the "real" world of the laboratory. Between these two fields there exists a powerful force of potential change for mankind.

Aerospace Engineer

While a regular engineer might be relegated to working on sewage pipes or car-building machines, an aerospace engineer works directly with a country's space program to advance the technology used in space shuttles, space stations, satellites, interplanetary robotic rovers and much more.

While a thorough background in the physical laws, math, and science are a requirement, a doctorate is not always necessary (but it is encouraged and viewed favorably by those looking to hire).

On a day-to-day basis the aerospace engineer's job may change, and quite drastically. One day they may be asked to build a breathing apparatus for a prototype astronaut suit, and the next they may be performing a delicate, remote-controlled repair operation on a satellite.

The stereotype of Math and Science as boring areas fit only for boring people is rapidly shifting, and the true, exciting nature of these fields is becoming known.