Hey,

So yeah... I'm in first year math right now at UWaterloo, and I'm trying to decide what to major in. I LOVE math and my plan was to do a double degree in Pure Math/Applied Math, because both really interest me TONS and I LOVE learning math and doing math. But my parents are always like "you should do actuary because the job market is so big and you make ridiculous amounts of cash", but I dunno... I mean it just doesn't seem as interesting as PMath/AMath. Like, PMath/AMath I'm actually looking forward to most of the classes (all of the classes, actually

Especially Topology, Real Analysis, Differential Geometry, Quantum Theory, Fluid Mechanics, etc etc etc...). But Actuary seems like, well, Accounting with math. -.- The courses don't seem interesting at all.

BUT then my brother made an interesting comment "just because the courses are interesting doesn't mean the jobs are interesting". Then that got me thinking, well... what jobs are there for people with degrees in PMath/AMath?

So that's what I'm wondering... how do the jobs associated with degrees in PMath/AMath compare to the job of an Actuary? What jobs are even available to someone with PMath/AMath degrees, either undergraduate or graduate? My parents are all like "people in math only teach" but there's gotta be more to it than that, what other jobs are available?

Thanks.