Careers in Mathematics
“One of the benefits of studying mathematics is the variety of career paths it provides. Mathematics provides careers as diverse as teaching, computer science, actuary, and finance. CareerCast ranked mathematician as best job for 2014 based on four factors: environment, income, outlook, and stress. Statistician was ranked third and actuary was ranked fourth. A study by PayScale shows that the top 15 highest-earning college degrees have a common element: mathematics.”
This January 2015 quote from the careers website of the Mathematical Association of America shows that it is not only interesting and fun to study math, it also pays! And things haven't changed much since then: ComCast's 2019 report lists Mathematician, Statistician, Data Scientist and Actuary all among the top ten jobs. Take some time to explore the career resources below.
Note that a career in mathematics usually requires a graduate degree as preparation; exceptions include, in particular, teaching at the secondary level and working as an actuary. In general, approximately two years of study beyond the bachelor’s degree are required to obtain a master’s degree and another three to four years beyond that to earn a doctorate.
- “Thinking of a Career in Applied Mathematics?”: Look at resources provided by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).
- “Be an Actuary” gives lots of information on how to become an actuary.
- Resources from BYU: Choosing Math Just Adds Up, WeUseMath.org
More Career Resources:
- Mathematical Association of America: MAA Career Website, MAA Student Website
- American Statistical Association
- American Mathematical Society: AMS Career Information, AMS Programs for Students
- Association for Women in Mathematics, AWM Page for Undergraduates
- National Security Agency (The NSA is the largest employer of mathematicians in the United States.)
Considering Graduate School?
- If so, follow the link to Graduate School Information!