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Development
You, not your employer, are ultimately responsible for your professional life. You will need to look actively for opportunities to increase your personal satisfaction and nurture your career. Within your organization try to identify plum assignments, possible leadership roles, projects that will force you to stretch your wings, and coworkers from whom you can learn new skills. Graduate course work, professional societies, a network of mathematicians at other organizations, and a devotion to life outside of the office will also help develop your career.

Dual Tracks
Some organizations offer distinct career paths for their employees. After a certain number of years you may choose to move into a management track, enabling you to administer and supervise technical groups, or you can remain an individual contributor and concentrate solely on mathematics. Other employers do not provide explicit tracks, and mathematicians take on management responsibilities as they are willing or able.

Continuing Education
Although you may decide to go back to school to acquire another degree, continuing education is not limited to the classroom. Attending industry conferences, reading technical publications and journals, as well as networking with other professionals will enable you to acquire and develop the skills you need. Your employer may sponsor educational opportunities, either by off-setting some of the costs associated with formal education programs and travel to conferences or by providing seminars and training in-house.

Life Outside
Balance between your professional and personal life is a necessity; you cannot perform at your peak as a mathematician unless you have a firm commitment to life outside your work. Spending time with your family, working out, going to a concert, hanging out with friends, spending a day in the mountains -- these are just as important to managing your career as industry conferences and mentoring opportunities. Concentrate on becoming fulfilled as a person, and your career will take care of itself.

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the American Mathematical Society, Mathematical Association of America, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 


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