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Career Opportunities with a Major in Mathematics


Guy is the Manager of Disruptive Information Management Architectures for IBM Research, the research division of one of the largest information technology firm's in the world. With undergraduate and doctorate degrees in mathematics, Guy's end goal in the research group is to help clients improve their information organization and retrieval.

Many jobs require a college educated individual. College graduates can use their education in a wide variety of occupations.

A major in mathematics can concentrate their studies in any of five areas: applied mathematics, computer science, mathematics education, probability and statistics or theoretical mathematics. These concentrations can be useful in a variety of professional fields or can be a background for graduate school. 

Skills Related to Mathematics

  • Ability to read and write articulately and analytically

  • Ability to make sound judgments & solve quantitative problems

  • Proficient in writing, speaking, and clearly explaining scientific research

  • Able to organize, analyze and interpret data - detail oriented

  • Ability to think logically

  • Ability to understand abstract concepts

  • Ability to frame inquiry

  • Excellent numerical reasoning abilities

Potential Careers in Mathemematics

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The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a Mathematics major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which Mathematics majors may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

Actuary Applications Programmer Artificial Intelligence Programmer
Banking / Credit Manager Biometrician / Biostatistician Commodity Trader
Compensation / Benefits Administrator Computer Consultant Consumer Loan / Credit Officer
Cost Estimator / Analyst Data Control Administrator Data Processing Manager
Database Manager Demographer Economist
Engineer Estate Planner External Auditor
Financial Auditor Financial Consultant Information Scientist
Investment Banker Market Research Analyst Network Programmer
Numerical Analyst Production Manager Purchasing Agent
Rate Analyst Satellite Communications Specialist Statistician
Teacher: Science / Math / Computers Technical Writer Weight Analyst
Accountant Chaos & Nonlinear Dynamics Database Manager
Financial Analyst Fluid Dynamics Lawyer
Management Analyst Meteorologist Operations Researcher
Physicist Scientist: Computing Systems Analyst

Employers in Mathematics

  • Colleges / Universities

  • Communications Firms

  • Computer Firms

  • Consultant's Offices

  • Elementary, Secondary, Post-Secondary Institutions

  • Federal Government

  • Finance Companies

  • Hospitals

  • Insurance Companies

  • Transportation Firms

Web Sites Related to Mathematics

Professional Organizations in this Field

The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.

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