Mathematics

The list below contains a sample of some of the common career paths chosen by mathematics majors. The skills you develop as an undergraduate (i.e., communication, analytical/problem solving, teamwork) may be used in many different occupations. You’ll note that many of the common career paths do not have the job title of “Mathematician.” Some of the common career paths may require additional education.

COMMON CAREER PATHS:

Accountant 
Auditor 
Actuary 
Architect 
Assessor/Appraiser 
Bookkeeping 
Computer Programmer/Applications Engineer 
Credit Analyst 
Database Manager 
Economist

Financial Planner
Marketing Research Analyst
Mathematician (theoretical and applied)
Math Teacher (High School,
Community College, University)
Operations Research Analyst
Sports Statistician
Statistician
Systems Analyst
Tax Preparer

SAMPLE EMPLOYERS:

Government:
Department of Defense
NASA
Department of Labor
Department of Commerce
Treasure of Commerce
Department of Justice

Insurance Companies
Accounting/Auditing Firms
Consulting Firms
Financial Management Companies
Banks
Security and Commodity Exchanges
Computer Companies

INFORMATION WEBSITE:

Occupational Outlook Handbook 

JOB WEBSITES:

Math Jobs 
Actuary Jobs 
Bank Jobs 
Financial Planners 
Accounting.com
Accountingjobs.com
FinanceJobs. Com 
Jobs in the Money 
Marketing and Sales Job Page 
Marketing Classifieds

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: 

American Mathematical Society (includes job listings)
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (includes job listings)
Mathematical Assoc. of America (includes job listings)
Association for Women in Mathematics

JOB PREPARATION STRATEGIES:

  • Develop public speaking skills and writing skills
  • Develop strong computer skills
  • Obtain an internship, summer or volunteer work
  • Learn about federal, state and local government job applications process
  • Join a student branch of a professional association
  • Get business experience