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
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.
For current information on starting salaries, visit the Career & Professional Development Center, 350 SSB.
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