I have a friend who was math wiz all through high school. He had a natural gift for solving equations and grasping mathematical concepts. One of our math teachers was always getting upset with him because he didn't follow the steps he was supposed to, but he usually came up with the correct answers.
When he graduated high school he wasn't sure what he wanted to pursue as a profession, but he knew he should focus on a career where he could take advantage of his math skills. After getting to college he decided he would teach -- not that he really wanted to, but he could use his math skills as a math teacher.
Anyway, somehow, one of his advisers convinced him to think of business rather than teaching as a future career. He now works as an actuary for a large insurance company. Basically, he figures out how mush the company needs to charge for specific policies in order to make the amount of profit they need to make.