The jobs in the field of mathematics research are hard to define in its purest form. It is too abstract to be considered a science. Thus, it has been described as a form of philosophy where it is a study which aims to explain aspects of the world through a high level of abstraction. Galileo also said that to understand universe, one must first understand its language, that language is geometry and numbers. Mathematics aimed at total abstraction and lead to crucial discoveries and has contributed to countless other fields of study.
Today’s mathematical researchers have seen their work form a close relationship with the relatively young subject of computer science. It has thus become a field which is now tangibly shaping modern life. The very new interest has generated a boom and there are lots of exciting opportunities for those looking to go for a PhD
postdocs or faculty positions. The mathematical research occupation is small and there are relatively few mathematical researcher positions. Strong competition for jobs is thus expected. Many candidates with a background in advanced mathematical techniques and modeling will find good job opportunities in other closely related fields. People with a graduate degree in Mathematics
strong quantitative and data analysis skills and a background in a related discipline like business
statistics receives good job prospects.
Courses to be pursued
• B.Sc. (Mathematics)
• M.Sc. (Mathematics)
Most mathematical researchers work on full time basis. Deadlines and last-minute requests for data or analysis may require overtime in this field. In addition, mathematicians may have to travel to attend seminars and conferences.
- Analytical skills: Mathematical researchers must determine the appropriate software packages and understand computer programming languages to design and develop new techniques and models. They must also be precise and accurate in their analysis. - Communication skills: Mathematical researchers must interact with
and propose solutions to
people who may not have extensive knowledge of mathematics. - Math skills: Mathematical researchers use statistics
and linear algebra to develop their models and analyses. - Problem-solving skills: Mathematical researchers must devise new solutions to problems encountered by scientists or engineers.