Studying mathematics is not only exciting and rewarding; it’s also a great career choice. Math majors can choose from a wide range of careers including teaching, research, software engineering, statistics, operations research, finance, and many others. In addition, law schools, medical schools, and other professional schools look favorably on math majors.
Here are some links with detailed information on a variety of mathematical career options.
- The page on mathematicians from the U.S. government Dept. of Labor statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.
- Mathematical Association of America careers page.
- The American Mathematical Society careers page.
- The American Mathematical Society undergraduate math majors’ page.
- phds.org helps you find a graduate program to suit your needs.
- The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics’ career page. It includes links to job postings.
- SIAM’s brochure on careers in applied math. It includes interesting profiles of working mathematicians.
- The American Statistical Association’s careers page.
- Be An Actuary. Find links explaining what actuaries do, why being an actuary is a top-ranked job, and how you can become an actuary.
- Be An Actuary’s list of college coursework you’ll need.
- What can I do with a math major? [only viewable while at a school with a paid subscription]
Here is information about becoming a math teacher, thanks to the Warner School.
If you envision a career involving computers, the web site or ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) has lots of useful information at http://www.acm.org.
The University of Rochester’s Career Center can help you with your resume, cover letter, applications, etc.