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MATHEMATICS
FIND YOUR SCHOOL
Math Professor

◆ Harvard University
◆ Johns Hopkins University
◆ Oklahoma State University
◆ Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
◆ Rice University

Quantum Cryptographer
CHOOSE A STRONG ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER
ENGINEERING PROGRAM
◆ Arizona State University
◆ Colorado School of Mines
◆ Stevens Institute of Technology
◆ University of Arizona
◆ University of Waterloo (Ont.), Institute for

Quantum Computing

➽ MATH PROFESSOR
As much as we all like to pay homage to the rags-to-riches, Horatio Alger
narrative, the truth is that no single person flourishes without the encouragement,
instruction, and mentorship of others. And for many who are either well
ensconced in or just setting out on a career in STEM, thanks go to at least one of
their mathematics professors. After all, math teachers are the ones who give
budding STEM professionals the critical skills in data analysis, mathematical
modeling, problem solving, and so much more that they will use to pursue their
careers and, hopefully, better the world. But here's the thing: however personally
satisfying it is to develop and nourish the skills of students, being a math
professor is also a great job in and of itself. Depending on where a person teaches,
there are generally opportunities that extend far beyond classroom instruction to
use the power of mathematics to address real-world problems. Along with the
burgeoning need for well-prepared STEM graduates to populate the workplace,
there's also a complementary need for more professors to guide them. According
to the BLS, jobs in mathematical science, including math professors, are expected
to grow at four times the rate of all other occupations between 2014 and 2024.

WHAT THEY DO: Teach multiple math courses at various levels, from
first-year through graduate students; mentor and advise students.
POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS: Colleges and universities

SAMPLE
CURRENT
OPENINGS:

➽ Colorado Community
College System: ONLINE
INSTRUCTOR. Teach fully online
courses in developmental and
technical math.

➽ University of Notre
Dame: VISITING ASSISTANT
PROFESSOR. Teach both
upper-level and lower-level
applied mathematics
courses.

➽ QUANTUM CRYPTOGRAPHER
There are so many examples of hacking, or suspected hacking, that it's literally impossible to track all the damage that
cybercriminals do. From the theft of social security and bank account information from large retailers to Russian
influence in the last presidential election, the threat posed by hackers is significant and growing. Which may be why
cybersecurity is such a flourishing field. One consultant estimated that there will be 1.5 million cybersecurity job
openings by 2019, up from 1 million in 2016. Among those many job openings will certainly be plenty for the emerging
profession of quantum cryptography. Quantum cryptographers use their skills in math and physics to take encryption to
a level that is literally immune to the efforts of even the most skilled hackers. What these sophisticated mathematicians
are able to do is send the information required to decode a message packed inside particles - usually photons (light
particles). For hackers to steal the key they need to access sensitive information, they must first measure the photons, an
act that fundamentally changes the photons and alerts the sender that it's time to change the key. Clearly, this takes a
mastery of physics and math. But those who are able to master it will likely have long-term job security.

WHAT THEY DO:

Develop hack-proof
cryptosystems that rely
on mathematics,
computational
analysis, and the
properties of matter.

aises.org

POTENTIAL
EMPLOYERS: Check

Point Software
Technologies, Palo
Alto Networks,
Symantec

SAMPLE
CURRENT
OPENINGS:

➽ Institute for Quantum
Computing: POST-DOC FELLOWS IN
QUANTUM COMPUTING for projects
that may include studying new
attacks on proposed systems.

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