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Mathematics Career Opportunities


  • Career Possibilities

    Our mathematics students go far. Our majors have found satisfying careers in: 

    • federal and state government
    • military
    • financial services
    • scientific research and development services
    • consulting services in management, science, and technology
    • software publishing
    • insurance
    • areospace, pharmaceutical, and other manufacturing companies
    • middle and high schools
  • General Information
    • Math majors develop transferable skills including critical thinking, problem diagnosis and solving, computer skills, and quantitative skills.
    • A bachelor’s degree is often sufficient for entry-level positions, but an advanced degree may open the door to more upper-level opportunities.
    • Pair a strong background in mathematics with another technical discipline such as computer science or engineering.
    • Gain experience through volunteering, internships, and part-time or summer jobs.
    • Develop competencies in a specific area of interest.
    • Supplement curriculum with courses in business, economics, computers, or statistics for increased job opportunities.
    • Maintain a high grade point average. Demonstrate attention to detail and commitment to accuracy.
    • Build relationships with faculty for career information, contacts, and letters of recommendation.
    • Join related student professional associations and seek leadership positions.
    • Develop the ability to work well in teams.
    • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in areas of interest to enhance knowledge and make contacts.
    • Stay informed of new developments and current trends in the field.

    Industry

    Areas

    • Research
    • Development
    • Design
    • Data Processing
    • Testing
    • Operations
    • Quality Control
    • Statistical Processing Control
    • Environmental Analysis
    • Consulting

    Employers

    • Industries including: Manufacturing, Transportation, Aerospace, Communications, Machinery, Electrical equipment , Pharmaceuticals, Other private industries
    • Consulting firms

    Strategies

    • Note that greatest demand is for applied mathematicians with skills in computer science, electronics design and theory, statistics and probability.
    • Develop computer and research skills.
    • Learn to use relevant software packages.
    • Earn a master's degree in math, business, or related field for advanced positions or for consulting jobs.
    • Maintain excellent G.P.A. for graduate/professional school admission.
    • Gain relevant experience through internships, volunteering, summer, or part-time jobs.
    • Develop good oral and written communication skills.
    • Learn to work well in teams.

    Government

    Areas

    • Research
    • Administration

    Employers

    • Federal agencies including Defense, Labor, Justice, Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Transportation, Commerce, Treasury, NASA, and Library of Congress State agencies involving research and problem-solving teams

    Strategies

    • Become familiar with government hiring procedures.
    • Make contacts through involvement in campus, local, or state politics.
    • Obtain internship with local, state, or federal government.
    • Join related professional organizations. 
    • Maintain a high grade point average.

    Marketing Research

    Areas

    • Data Collection
    • Information Analysis

    Employers

    • Market research firms
    • Consumer goods manufacturing firms

    Strategies

    • Develop good oral and written communication skills.
    • Acquire a business minor.
    • Volunteer to assist a professor with research.
    • Become a student member of the American Marketing Association.
    • Assist with canvassing/phone interviewing for charities or political campaigns.
    • Complete a market research internship.

    Banking

    Areas

    • Branch Management
    • Credit Lending
    • Operations
    • Systems
    • Trusts

    Employers

    • Commercial banks
    • Regional banks
    • Savings and loan associations
    • Credit unions

    Strategies

    • Complete an internship in a financial institution.
    • Develop good interpersonal skills.
    • Obtain a business minor.
    • Develop excellent computer skills.
    • Demonstrate attention to detail.
    • Become the financial officer or treasurer of a campus organization.

    Education

    Areas

    • Public schools
    • Private schools
    • Colleges and universities

    Strategies

    • Obtain appropriate state licensure and/or certification for public school teaching positions.
    • Volunteer to teach, supervise, or tutor with organizations such as Big Brother/Sister, YMCA, or churches.
    • Develop excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Acquire a master's degree or Ph.D. for teaching positions at the college or university level.