Graduates from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics have little difficulty in finding positions in industry, government, finance and education. The demand for individuals well-trained in statistics and in applied mathematics is greater than the available supply.

Doing research in mathematics and/or teaching mathematics at a university requires an advanced degree. However, many people with a bachelor's or master's degree work in research groups with engineers or scientists. Many software engineers or computer systems analysts entered the field with degrees in mathematics.

The government often hires mathematicians and statisticians (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of the Census, NSA, Department of Defense, etc.).

The insurance industry hires mathematics majors for careers in actuarial science.

Many mathematics majors go into banking and finance. The logical and analytical skills fostered through the study of mathematics are attractive to a wide range of employers, investors and clients.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for data science skills will drive a 27.9 percent rise in employment in the field through 2026.

Mathematical Related Careers


Professional Societies

AMS American Mathematical Society 

MAA Mathematical Association of America  

SIAM Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics 

ASA  American Statistical Association  

AWM Association for Women in Mathematics  

NAM National Association of Mathematicians  

SOA Society of Actuaries

CAS Casualty Actuary Society


Further Career Information

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