A Degree in Mathematics

There are many opportunities in graduate study in the sciences and engineering for students with strong mathematical skills. Faculty in the sciences and engineering are always looking for mathematically trained students, even if those students don't yet have a strong background in science or engineering.

Mathematics is a powerful tool with many applications. Advanced mathematical training can lead to many career opportunities, including business, finance, medicine, engineering, basic sciences and actuary science.

At the same time, mathematics is a self-contained subject that is worth studying simply for its elegance. The study of mathematics can bring a tremendous sense of accomplishment. Mathematics is an ideal subject for people who enjoy abstract thinking.

Career options in mathematics, education, business, science and many others are available upon completion. Going on to a graduate degree opens up even more options for those who choose to pursue it.


Transferable Skills

A mathematics degree offers:

  • Mathematical modeling
  • Analytical skills
  • Logical reasoning
  • Critical thinking skills


Some Careers in Mathematics

CareerMedian SalaryMarket Growth
Actuary$97,000 18%
Biostatistics$76,000 14% 
Mathematician (M.S. degree)$111,000 21% 
Operations Research Analyst$77,000 30% 
Statistician$80,000 34% 
Postsecondary Teacher$72,000 13% 


Careers when paired with minors or majors

CareerMedian SalaryMarket Growth
Computer Programmer$80,000 -8%
Financial Analyst$80,000 12% 
Market Research Analyst$62,000 19% 
Survey Research$54,000 12% 

Source: O*NET Online, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration

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Graduate Study

This degree also provides a solid foundation for graduate study in:

  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Public Health

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Notable People With a Mathematics Major

  • Steve Ballmer (Retired CEO, Microsoft Corporation, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers)
  • Mary E. Erdoes (CEO, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, JPMorgan Chase)
  • Eileen Collins (First female pilot and commander of a space shuttle)
  • David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs center guard)
  • Danica McKellar (Actress and author)
  • Reed Hastings (Entrepreneur and philanthropist)
  • Felicia Day (Actress, producer, screenwriter, singer and writer)
  • Marie Curie (First woman to win a Nobel Prize)
  • Art Garfunkel (Singer and songwriter)
  • William Perry (former Secretary of Defense)
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