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careers in mathematics


Mathematics is basic to science, engineering and any analytic endeavor. Mathematicians often work as part of a team of scientists and engineers who conduct research, solve problems, or develop products and systems in technology, industry, finance or business. Others continue studying mathematics in graduate school and conduct basic research in mathematics itself. A mathematics degree also provides a strong background for those who will pursue other interests, such as medicine or law.

Typical careers include actuary, cryptologist, statistician, operations researcher, agricultural economist, numerical analyst, marketing manager, data analyst, software developer, market researcher, inventory strategist, mathematics of finance specialist, measurements researcher, information systems consultant, elementary or high school teacher, college or university professor, and research scientist. In addition, mathematicians occupy many administrative positions in finance and accounting departments and in research operations where computers, statistics and analytical thought play an important role.

Employers include research firms, aerospace and oil companies, electronic and biomedical equipment manufacturers, communications laboratories, school systems and investment banking firms. Computer software companies are prime employers, and insurance companies seek mathematicians for actuarial work.

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Last Updated: 9/28/20