


Career Options
Mathematics opens the doors to many promising career
paths. CareerCast ranked
mathematician as best job for 2014 based on four factors:
environment, income, outlook, and stress. Statistician was ranked
third and actuary was ranked fourth.
A study by PayScale shows that the top 15 highestearning
college degrees have a common element: mathematics. Not only do
many professions and majors (engineering, doctors, physics, nurses,
computer science, actuarial science, etc.) require courses in
mathematics, but the analytical and problemsolving skills students
learn in mathematics can apply to all disciplines.
What do mathematicians do?
There are few undergraduate degrees which rival mathematics in the
diversity of rewarding job options, which include the following.

Insurance companies hire large numbers of mathematicians on
actuarial
and other analyst positions.

Quantitative Finance and
Financial Engineering is another big pool of
opportunities which involves fairly
deep mathematical concepts.

Operations Researchers help organizations, businesses,
and government find efficient solutions to organizational and
strategic planning questions, including scheduling and distribution
problems, resource allocation, facilities design, and
forecasting.
 Mathematicians are frequently employed in Information
Technology positions. In fact,
a recent survey from the UK shows that while a substantial
number of mathematicians work in IT, few computer scientists
compete with mathematicians in any of the other fields of
employment. In particular, mathematical knowledge is required for
work in information security and cryptography.
 Statisticians
are employed by large organizations and work in research and
development divisions from academica to industry to analyze data
from surveys and experiments.
 Educationis a wide field of employment ranging from
secondary
school teachers to university professors.
 Engineering Mathematics offers job opportunities from
aerospace engineering and petroleum
engineering to a wide range of other engineering
disciplines.
 Last, but not least, a career as a research
mathematician at universities or mathematics research
institutes.
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