Mathematicians are people of all ages and from all over the world who enjoy the challenge of a problem, who see the beauty in a pattern, a shape, a proof, a concept.
Some of the best young mathematicians compete in math olympiads, state and national science fairs, or the fun Who Wants to Be a Mathematician game. Some high school mathematicians go to summer Math Camps (for example organized by AMS) to learn more and work with teams on projects; undergraduates participate in Summer Research Experiences (for example at various universities in USA). Many carry on their research and teach at colleges and universities, while others apply their skills in all kinds of professions.
Contemplating a career centered on mathematics? Mathematical research and education are at the heart of some careers, while other careers utilize mathematics and its applications to build and enhance important work in the sciences, business, finance, manufacturing, communications, and engineering. To know more about the profiles of mathematicians at all stages of their careers, click here.
In any case, those who are not “mathematicians” can appreciate the subject by reading reviews of books about mathematicians, how mathematicians think, breakthroughs in mathematics, and current applications at Math in the Media.