Careers in Math

A degree in Mathematics teaches you how to think critically, analyze problems logically, and create rigorous arguments to back up your positions. These skills are highly sought after by employers in many areas.

Common career paths in mathematics include:

  • Teaching at the K-12 or Community College level
  • University Research and Teaching
  • Actuarial Science
  • Statistician
  • Computer Science
  • Finance
  • Data Scientist

A Mathematics Degree can also be good preparation for a Master’s in Business Administration degree.


Demand for Mathematics Degrees in the Workplace lists mathematician as #3 and statistician as #4 on their Best Jobs For 2015.

The CareerCast list “The Best Jobs of 2015” lists Mathematician, Statistician, and Actuary as the #3, #4, and #1 jobs, respectively. lists a mathematics master’s degree as the #8 graduate degree for jobs, and a statistics master’s degree as the #9 graduate degree on their list Best and Worst Graduate Degrees for Jobs in 2015. They list a Ph.D. in statistics as the #1 degree for jobs.

The Telegraph lists Mathematical sciences among the top 12 degree subjects for getting a job

The 2013 list by Forbes Magazine of “The 10 Skills That Will Get You Hired In 2013” includes mathematics and critical thinking as key skills for in-demand jobs.


Resources for Mathematics Careers

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) career resources

Mathematical Association of America (MAA) career resources

Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) career resources

What does a Statistician do? From the American Statistical Association

Be an Actuary From the Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society