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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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Career Paths Within Mathematics

This contains information that was surveyed directly from alumni of the University of Utah Department of Mathematics in 2016, and from a website exploring majors developed by the University of Tennessee’s Center for Career Development

Preparation for Industrial Careers in the Mathematical Sciences

An NSF funded project to prepare math students for industrial careers. Research problems featured in case study videos include improving market strategies, creating more realistic animation for movies, building a better filter, and finding the safest place to store nuclear waste.

We Use Math

An overview of over 40 careers that use math.

The Many Faces of Mathematics

An integrated service project by Yasmeen Hussain that helps answer the question, "I have a math degree, and what am I going to do with that?"

Career Specific Information

Last Updated: 9/10/19