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Careers for Mathematics Majors

Mathematics uses mathematical theory, computational techniques, algorithms, and the latest computer technology to solve economic, scientific, engineering, physics, and business problems.

There are two classes into which mathematics can be divided:

  • 1. theoretical (pure) mathematics—Theoretical mathematicians advance mathematical knowledge by developing new principles and recognizing previously unknown relationships between existing principles in mathematics.
  • 2.applied mathematics—Applied mathematicians use theories and techniques, such as mathematical modeling and computational methods, to formulate and solve practical problems in business, government, and engineering, and in the physical, life, and social sciences.

Common careers for mathematics majors:

  • actuaries
  • astronomers
  • computer programmers
  • computer scientist
  • computer software engineer
  • computer systems analyst
  • database administrators financial analyst
  • market and survey researchers
  • operations research analyst
  • personal financial adviser
  • statisticians
  • teacher (elementary and secondary)
  • university faculty

Professional skills of mathematics majors

  • background in quantitative methods
  • ability to use quantitative software
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • capacity to think logically
  • ability to work well with others
  • excellent attention to detail
  • ability to analyze problems
  • development of reasoning skills
  • understand and communicate connections

Is a mathematics major right for you?

Still unsure if you should major in mathematics? Schedule a session with a career counselor, attend our "Choosing a Major" workshop, and attend career events where you can network with employers that hire mathematics majors and alumni who majored in mathematics.