Many students just love mathematics, but some students don’t even like mathematics. That is because there are a lot of numbers and formula involved in mathematics. But if you know the right way to solve the problems, no subject is as easy as mathematics is. You will have a lot of fun when you know the actual way to play with the numbers. The formulae are not very tough, so if you know the right formula, you will solve any kind of problems. Playing with numbers is always fun for many people, and if you are one such person, then a mathematician is the right job for you.

You can make a wonderful career as a mathematician if you have a lot of love for numbers. There are many colleges and different courses available in India that can help you become a mathematician. Starting from bachelor’s degree, you can move up the ladder to complete your PhD as well. You just need to be sure that you are choosing the right path and right career.

If you wish to become a mathematician, then here is some useful information that can help you. We have given information about the eligibility criteria, different courses available, syllabus, career opportunities, pay and some best colleges for the best education in mathematics. All this information can help you make the right choice.

**Who is a Mathematician?**

A person or professional, who has a lot of experience and knowledge about mathematics, is called a Mathematician. As a mathematician, you will have to gather the important data, analyze the data, and then you should be able to extract solutions for the problems. The problems can be related to real-world problems as well. The mathematicians will also work towards making new theories and making any enhancements to the existing theories. They are also responsible for conducted research on mathematics fundamentals. They will also work towards applying mathematics to management, science and other areas of work.

There are many mathematical theories, algorithms, techniques, and computer technology for solving problems related to engineering, science, business, and economics. Mathematics can be divided into two different parts – One is applied mathematics, and the other is theoretical mathematics. You will be able to find several courses in India that help you enhance your skills in mathematics. That means you will be able to become a master in mathematics by learning different concepts. As you keep learning, you will be able to gain a deeper knowledge of the subject. That makes the calculations easy for a mathematician. That will also help in making new theories that can be applied to solve many different real-time problems. So, here is some more information that can be useful for you.

**Eligibility Criteria:**

If you wish to become a mathematician, then you will have to fulfil the following criteria. If you fail to meet any of these criteria, you will not be able to get better job opportunities.

- The first thing is you should have completed your 10+2 with Mathematics and English as one of the subjects. It is mandatory to have Mathematics as a subject from the foundation courses so that your basics are strong.
- You need to complete a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in Mathematics if you wish to become a Mathematician.
- It is always good to have a PhD in Mathematics so that you will be able to make a better career.

It is not going to be an easy journey for you to become a Mathematician. You will have to work hard. Once you are done with your 12th standard in Mathematics, you will have to choose the associate course or bachelor’s course. Once you complete this course, then you can go for the masters. PhD is completely a personal choice. Some people receive good job opportunities immediately after completing the master’s degree itself and hence Ph.D is not mandatory for you to become a Mathematician. Here we have given complete details of some of the courses that can help you to become a Mathematician.

**Different courses to become a mathematician:**

Four different courses are available in Mathematics and here are the details about each course. It is a hierarchy that you need to follow in these courses.

**Associates Degree: **

This is a two-year course and will offer you a degree of Associate of Science or Associate of Arts. You need to have a diploma after high school to get enrolled in this associates degree. This course has other subjects in combination with mathematics. This course is a good start for those who wish to make a career as a Mathematician.

**Bachelor’s Degree: **

After your 10+2 course or after completing your associate-level degree, you can go for a bachelor’s degree. It offers your bachelor’s degree, which is Bachelor’s of Arts in Mathematics and Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics. This is a three-year course, and you will be able to teach mathematics up to 12 standard levels after completing this course.

The courses that you can choose for bachelor’s degree are:

- B.A. (Hons.) (Mathematics)
- B.A. (Mathematics)
- B.Sc. (Mathematical Science)
- B.Com. (Business Mathematics and Statistics)

**Master’s Degree: **

A master’s degree in mathematics is a two-year course. After the successful completion of this course, you will teach for the associate level and bachelor level students. Like high school teachers, even the lower-level teacher can opt for this course if they want to enhance their mathematics skills. Mathematics is a vast subject, and there is no limit to learning. You can keep learning a lot of things if you enrol in the best college or university.

Courses that you can choose for masters in Mathematics are:

- M.Ed. (Mathematics)
- M.Sc. (Mathematics)

**Ph. D in mathematics:**

It is mandatory to have a master’s degree if you wish to apply for the Ph. D in Mathematics. This course will help you become a scholars and researchers. It is going to take at least four years and a maximum of six years for the completion of the course. There will be an oral and written test as a final exam for this course. It is at this level you will be able to choose a specialization in your education in mathematics.

**Courses that you can choose at the Ph. D level:**

- M.Phil. (Applied Mathematics)
- M.Phil. (Mathematical Science)
- M.Phil. (Mathematics)
- PhD (Mathematics)

**Specializations for Mathematicians:**

Depending on your goals and aspirations, you can choose one of the below specializations for becoming a mathematician. It all depends on your subject of interest. Not all the topics of mathematics will impress everyone, even the one who just loves mathematics. So, if you wish to pick a special topic or part of mathematics for specialization, then here are some of the best options to choose from:

- Algebra and Number Theory
- Analysis
- Applied Mathematics
- Computational Mathematics
- Geometric Analysis
- Probability and Statistics
- Pure Mathematics
- Topology and Foundations

**Syllabus for mathematician course:**

Before you enrol yourself for any of the above courses, it will be good if you can get some information about what you will learn as part of the course. That makes it clear to you about the subject that you are going to learn. This way also you can decide whether the course has subjects of your interest or not.

So, here is some information about the most common subject or topics that will be covered as part of the course. These are the general topics, and the universities or colleges can provide topics of their choice to make the course more interesting for mathematics lovers:

**Associate’s degree programs syllabus **

- Analytic geometry
- Basic statistics
- Calculus
- Intermediate algebra
- Introductory linear algebra
- Problem-solving

**Bachelor’s degree programs syllabus**

- Abstract algebra
- Advanced calculus
- Applied probability
- Applied regression analysis
- Complex variables
- Probability and statistics

**Master degree program syllabus**

- Algorithms
- Categorical data analysis
- Coding theories
- Graph theory
- Real and complex analysis
- Symbolic algebra

**Doctoral program syllabus**

- Algebraic number theory
- Analytic number theory
- Combinatorics
- Differentiable manifolds
- Logic
- Partial differential equations

**Career opportunities:**

You will receive different job offers as a mathematician. Many people think that a mathematician will be able to get the job of a lecturer or a teacher only. But that is not at all true. There are many other areas where you will receive job opportunities like:

- Accountant
- Aerodynamics Specialist
- Computer Programmer
- Demographer
- Economist
- Engineering
- Loan Officer
- Statistician
- Technical Writer
- Treasury Management Specialist

Apart from these, there are many other career opportunities that you will receive once you become a mathematician. So, you should always try to keep yourself updated with the latest mathematics theories. That will help you in enhancing your skills and also will help in growing your career.

**Areas of recruitment:**

Once you complete your course in mathematics, you will receive a number of career opportunities in different areas. It is going to be helpful for you to know the areas of recruitment. Here is some of the area where a mathematician will be hired, but apart from this, there are many other areas where a mathematician can be hired. It all depends on the requirement.

- Banks and investment firms
- Business and industry
- Colleges/universities
- Engineering firms
- Insurance agencies
- Research and development firms
- Schools
- State/federal government
- Technical journals
- Utility companies

**Salary structure:**

It is not always your qualification that helps you to get the best pay in the industry. You should always have good experience in Mathematics and your personal skills also make a difference. Along with these factors, the institute where you are going to work will also decide your salary. You will be able to find a number of jobs in multiple institutes and with a good salary. If you are a fresh graduate and completed your master’s degree, then you will start your career with a package of Rs 30,000/-. You can choose a simple teaching job in any engineering colleges. But as you gain a bit of experience in this field, you will be able to earn between Rs 50,000 and Rs 60,000. As time passes, the salary of any Mathematician will increase, and it can go up to Rs 80,000 or Rs 1,00,000/- as well. So, it all depends on your qualification, experience and other factors. You should also be very careful while picking the institutions as that will decide the salary and your future career.

**Some best colleges to choose from in India:**

Getting admission to the best colleges or universities is a dream for many people. But there are many who do not even have any idea about which are the best and popular colleges that do not just offer them education but also offer good placement. Some names of colleges can add value to your resume when you start searching for jobs. So, here is a list of some of the best colleges or universities that you should try:

- BU Bhopal, Bhopal
- DG Vaishnav College, Chennai
- Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
- Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kharagpur
- Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune
- Indian Institute of Technology – IIT Indore, Indore
- Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
- Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Okhla, Delhi
- Loyola College, Chennai
- Madras Christian College, Chennai
- Netaji Subhas University of Technology, Dwaraka, Delhi
- NIT – National Institute of Technology, Rourkela
- S. S. JAIN SUBODH P. G. COLLEGE, Jaipur
- Shri Shankaracharya Mahavidyalaya, Durg
- St. Xaviers College, Mumbai
- Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
- TEZPUR UNIVERSITY, Tezpur

You can choose any of these colleges or institutions if you wish to pursue a course in Mathematics and become a mathematician. But make sure that you are choosing the right college and not just any college that is near to you. Always pay attention to the college where you get your education as well.

So, this was some useful information about how to become Mathematician. It is not going to be an easy job. But there are several colleges in India that offer the best education and support so that the process gets easy for you. Check out all the details given above to make the right choice.

Rahul Kumar is a passionate educator, writer, and subject matter expert in the field of education and professional development. As an author on CoursesXpert, Rahul Kumar’s articles cover a wide range of topics, from various courses, educational and career guidance.