The modern age places more demand on our mathematical skills than ever before. Mathematics is a fundamental part of the universe and it is by learning and putting it to good use that the human race has made such startling leaps. Hundreds of years ago, the gifted few understood mathematics too a high level and this allowed them to explore the world and discover new things.
Understanding and implementing modern technology has placed mathematical demands on more people than at any time in the past. According to Maths Doctor, understanding maths is the most important part of academic education.
Here are some Careers that demand a deep knowledge of mathematics if you are to succeed in them.
In the days of satellite navigation you may think that there is no requirement to navigate from charts and clocks. How wrong you are. A ships captain needs to be fully qualified in the use of a sextant if he is to qualify. Using the sextant to find the angle of the sun above the horizon, and then applying that figure to the time of day within the calculations will enable the captain to tell, precisely, the ships position on the globe. The ships captain also needs to plot courses, calculate the journey times and fuel consumption. As a captain, there are numbers to be crunched at every turn.
The submariner is a ships captain that has no little use of satellite navigation and is driving blind. Every course change has to be calculated exactly; speed of the vessel and time to the next course change are all driven by mathematical formulae. It could be said that a submarine captain has to count his way around the globe.
If an accountant gets the number wrong it could cost someone dearly. Accountants are the ultimate number crunchers and they keep the country running. Alongside a knowledge of mathematics they must also be aware of the relevant tax laws to which they are applying the calculations.
Have you seen a surveyor standing at the side of a road or in a field? They use a device called a theodolite to calculate routes for roads and many other things where construction needs to take place. By taking readings and using geometry they are able to accurately map out terrain.
Statisticians see a kind of beauty in numbers and extrapolating conclusions from them. We all know that the value of statistics only lies in the interpretation of the figures and working this out is a fascinating job.
The pilot of your flight to Spain, for example, is highly educated in mathematics. They will have to plan routes, know the weight of the plane and load fuel accordingly, and get you safely to your destination. If you think planes can’t get lost these days you only have to listen to the news to make you realise it is possible.
The people watching our skies are using mathematics every day to check the trajectories of meteors and comets that may be getting a little too close for comfort. These calculations are highly complex, so a love of numbers is advantageous.
These are but a few of the millions of jobs requiring a good mathematical knowledge. In fact, it is hard to think of many careers that don’t use calculations every day. If you love numbers, there is an exciting world awaiting you.