If you like to study complicated problems and help design optimal solutions and models, consider the field of calculus. Calculus applies mathematical principles to develop models that help explain complex phenomena. Many careers depend on a solid foundation of calculus including astronaut, space engineer, mathematician, software developer, postsecondary teacher, economist, chemical engineer, and more.

Calculus is the mathematical study of change. Many careers that involve tracking and predicting changes require a knowledge of calculus and its principles.

Some careers that use calculus include economist, operational research analyst and chemist.

An economist uses calculus to determine maximal profit. An operational research analyst uses calculus to help strategize optimal processes such as supply chain management, resource allocation, and facility design. A chemist uses calculus to help model various systems they are studying.

**Education Requirements**

Bachelor's degree

**Average Salary**

$76k

Economists conduct detailed research to provide insights within a variety of sectors, primarily dealing with economic issues.

**Education Requirements**

Bachelor's degree

**Average Salary**

$76k

Operational research analysts use data to identify operational improvements, trends and opportunities.

*Career salary data provided by: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook handbook and O*NET OnLine.*