Many mathematics students want to help people; they just need to find the best path to channel their abilities. Arthur Staddon, M.D., took his skills in math and science, combined with an interest in problem solving, and built a successful career as a hematologist-oncologist at Penn Medicine.
Alex McAdams never anticipated working in the movie industry as a college student, partly because math seemed very disconnected from movie production. Although Alex wanted a job with hands on, real world applications, he thought someone with a math degree could only become a math teacher, an actuary, or an accountant.
Things changed for Alex when he went to grad school for applied math at UCLA. He began to understand more about mathematical applications and developed a particular interest in computational physics.