Career Opportunities

 

What can a person do with a math degree after college?  Teaching is one option, of course, and generally math teaching jobs are plentiful, especially at the middle and secondary levels.  As a profession, teaching is challenging, rewarding, and fun.  However, teaching is certainly not the only option available to a math major.
 

What are some other career options for math majors?  A degree in math can take you just about anywhere you want to go in life because studying mathematics strengthens your ability to think carefully, clarify concepts, solve problems, and apply analytical tools.  Employers pay very good money for these abilities.  Choosing a math degree is one of the best career moves you can make.

A 2013 study by CareerCast.com of the top 200 jobs found that 5 of the top 10 jobs were math-related, including the number one job:  actuary.  Being a mathematician came in at number 18.  The following articles from 2009 show that math jobs rating high is trend as been around for several years, proving that math jobs aren't on their way out:

            Best Jobs: Wall Street Journal article

            MAA news report

A mathematics degree can enable one's career as a:

  • Mathematician
  • Statistician
  • Mathematics Teacher
  • Medical doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Actuary
  • Economist, Financial Analyst
  • Software Analyst
  • Physicist, Engineer, Astronaut
  • Cryptologist
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Biomathematician
  • Modeling and Simulation Analyst 
  • and many more . . .

Math-related jobs are available at:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Elementary, middle, and high schools
  • Microsoft, IBM, AT&T
  • NASA, Rockwell, Boeing
  • General Motors, Ford, Toyota
  • Insurance companies
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Many branches of the Federal Government
  • Army, Navy, and other defense departments
  • National Security Agency
  • Oil companies (Exxon, Shell, etc.)
  • National Laboratories (Fermi, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, etc.)
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Airline and trucking companies
  • Center for Disease Control
  • Video game companies
  • and many more . . .

Salary


You'll be happy to learn that you'll be well compensated should you choose a math-related career.  For current information about salaries and employment outlook, visit:

A little advice

To enhance your career opportunities, support your math major with a major or minor in a second field, like physics, computer science, or economics.  Also, become proficient in using computer applications, especially spreadsheets, and take a computer programming course.  Finally, earn a master’s or doctoral degree.

For more information, please visit our careers & jobs Web page.

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