By: Philip Bourque For: Mrs. Bland – Period 1 GLC 205 Submitted: Wednesday March 26, 2014
Introduction I have selected the career path of a mathematician. Up until recently I have wanted to become a forensic scientist. My decision was altered due to the fact that I would much rather follow a career based on mathematics, a subject that I take the most joy from. A mathematician is a career that I can imagine myself doing because I like to find the correlation between data and work out numerical equations.
Purpose The reason I selected the career of a mathematician is because of my love for math. The appeal lies in the purely logical sense of the correlations and solutions. There is always an answer and a reason for that answer. Not only do I enjoy the subject of mathematics, I excel in it as well. I have consistently shown an aptitude for solving problems and understanding the processes that were undergone.
Career Description A mathematician “Conducts research in fundamental mathematics and in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields, and solves or directs solutions to problems in various fields by mathematical methods: Conducts research in such branches of mathematics as algebra, geometry, number theory, logic, and topology, and studies and tests hypotheses and alternative theories. Conceives and develops ideas for application of mathematics to wide variety of fields, including science, engineering, military planning, electronic data processing, and management. Applies mathematics or mathematical methods to solution of problems in research, development, production, logistics, and other functional areas, utilizing knowledge of subject or field to which applied, such as physics, engineering, astronomy, biology, economics, business and industrial management, or cryptography. Performs computations, applies methods of numerical analysis, and operates or directs operation of desk calculators and mechanical and electronic computation machines, analyzers, and plotters in solving problems in support of mathematical, scientific, or industrial research activity. Acts as advisor or consultant to research personnel concerning mathematical methods and applications. May be designated according to function as Mathematician, Applied (profess. & kin.); Mathematician, Research (profess. & kin.).”1 1"Mathematician." Dictionary of Occupational Titles. N.p., 23 May 2003. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. <http://occupationalinfo.org/02/020067014.html>
Where the University Program is Offered
High School Requirements Prerequisites for a Mathematic Major Prerequisites for Science Electives
University Path 2 2"Degree Plans." Queen's University. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. <http://www.queensu.ca/artsci/sites/default/files/Degree%20Plans.pdf>
Salaries A mathematician’s salary can vary depending upon their experience and field of work. An actuary typically starts out at $40K to $60K.3 The actuary then must move their way up through the ranks towards management. Someone in a management position could potentially earn 150K per annum.4 The average salary for a mathematician is $104,293.5 This average has been steadily rising by about $2000 per year.6 3,4"Mathematician Salary." Career Cruising. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. <https://www2.careercruising.com/careers/earnings/529> 5,6"Mathematician." My Blueprint. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. <https://core.myblueprint.ca/Students/Compare-Programs.aspx?id=O.1320>
Employment Opportunities The hiring outlook for mathematicians is one filled with opportunity. He need for people with a high level of math education is rising due to the increase in technology, population, and electronics. Who else would calculate the amount of fuel needed to reach Mars during the upcoming mission to colonize the red planet Mars? Mathematicians are the brains behind the phones you hold, the lights you see, and yes, even the cars you drive. According to the University of Waterloo, Mathematician is one of the best jobs that someone can get with a math degree.
Interesting Facts It is possible to drill a square hole. Pi will never repeat itself and never ends. A mathematician named William Shanks attempted to calculate pi to the 707th decimal place but made an error at the 528th digit, therefore everything after was wrong. In 1997, a divide by zero error occurred when a crew member entered “a” in the database on board of the USS Yorktown, a billion dollar navy smart boat, brought down all the machines on the network causing the ship’s thrust system to fail. There are just four numbers (after 1) which are the sums of the cubes of their digits: 153 = 1^3 + 5^3 + 3^3 370 = 3^3 + 7^3 + 0^3 371 = 3^3 + 7^3 + 1^3 407 = 4^3 + 0^3 + 7^3
Budget Amount supplied by parent: $38000/a Personal income: $3000/a Total Income:41000 Total expenses:40186 This means I have met the requirements for the expenses and will not need to take out a loan. 7,8"Determining Your Budget." Queens University. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. <http://www.queensu.ca/admission/financing/budget.html>
Conclusion I have learned that going to university is far more complex than I originally thought. It requires you to micromanage many tasks, whether they be, with your classes or living on your own. Yes I would still love to become a mathematician. I would like to do far more broad research about the career though. I am still unsure about the intricacies of the job and would like to determine these. I have not made any changes to my original secondary education timetable.
Bibliography "Degree Plans." Queen's University. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. <http://www.queensu.ca/artsci/sites/default/files/Degree%20Plans.pdf> "Determining Your Budget." Queens University. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. <http://www.queensu.ca/admission/financing/budget.html> "Mathematician." Dictionary of Occupational Titles. N.p., 23 May 2003. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. <http://occupationalinfo.org/02/020067014.html> "Mathematician." My Blueprint. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. <https://core.myblueprint.ca/Students/Compare-Programs.aspx?id=O.1320> "Mathematician Salary." Career Cruising. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. <https://www2.careercruising.com/careers/earnings/529> https://math.uwaterloo.ca/math/future-undergraduates/careers-mathematics http://www.queensu.ca/artsci/sites/default/files/Courses.pdf
Reflection Desires 1.What career are you interested in pursuing? I am interested in becoming a mathematician. 2.What attracts you to this career? I love math in general and a career in this field would suit me best. 3. What are the pros and cons to this career? The pros include doing what I love, great salary, and working around others with the same interests. I can only think of one con and that would be that I may be required to write theoretical papers. Skills 1.What are some of the transferable skills that you have presently that are good for this career? I have a good worth ethic, I love the subject, and am a logical person. 2.Are there any skills that you think you need to develop? No, I think I am well equipped for this career. 3. What is your learning style? I am a visual learner. 4. Will your learning style match the career? Yes I am able to visualize mathematic problems in more than one way. I see more than numbers, but rather the connections and correlations. Personality 1. What is your personality style? I am a slightly introverted person but am bale to socialize well with people. 2 does your personality match the career? Yes I am able to work on my own to solve the mathematic and numeric problems, but also explain them to others.
Reflections Experiences What experiences do you have to prepare you for this career? Math class is the only experience I have with this path. 2. Are there other experiences you need? I may need experiences in the higher levels of arithmetic and mathematics but that will come in time. Action plan 1.When completing the orange school course selection sheet, did you discover during your discussion with your guidance councilor that changes might be required? I have not met with my guidance councilor yet.