Careers for Math Majors

A good mathematics education can lead to a good and rewarding job.

Statistics and Data Analysis skills are particularly well-suited to jobs in industry.

Programming Experience is also important.  In particular, know standard packages such as the Microsoft Office Package, MatLab, and Maple (Mathematica is not as useful here and is more used in academic circles).

Look at different career profiles as compiled by the MAA.

Job ads may not specifically mention math.  Look for terms like "analyst", "data analysis", and "operations research".

LearnHowToBecome a professional in math, computer science, data science, or numbers in general.

Pursue a career in STEM or computer science.

Here are some sites with job ads:






Dice is a job site for technology careers, as well as CSOnline.

You could find a job in the US Government. Also check the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.

You can do a search at CarerBuilder.  E.g., search under keyword: math at location: PA.

The NSA has a nice offering of careers.

And naturally, you'll be looking for a Career in Numbers of some sort, as you can peruse here.

Or, you can consider jobs in cyber security.

Are you interested in data science?  You can Learn How to Become a Data Scientist.

Of course, many of you may want to Be An Actuary, and prepare for Actuarial Exams.

In particular, it is recommended that you take (and pass) the first exam (called Exam P-Probability) before you graduate. The subject of the first exam is calculus-based probability.  The courses at Bloomsburg University that cover the material on this exam are Math 241 (Probability and Statistics) and Math 462 (Mathematical Statistics).  Since 53.462 is only offered  in the spring semester of odd-numbered years, you need to plan ahead!

To attain the FSA (Fellow of the Society of Actuaries) designation, you will eventually need to pass four other exams: Exam FM-Financial Mathematics, Exam M-(MFE)-Actuarial Models-Financial Economics Segment, Exam M-(MLC)-Actuarial Models-Life Contingencies Segment, and Exam C-Construction and Evaluation of Actuarial Models. These are typically undertaken after starting a job. However, having Exam FM completed before seeking a job could really give you a leg up.

Additionally, you will need to complete some Valid Educational Experiences (VEE) in the following categories: (1) Economics - Economic 121 (Principles of Economics 1 Macro) and Economic 122 (Principles of Economics 2 Micro). Those can be easily completed before graduation. (2) Corporate Finance - Finance 313 (Intro to Corporate Finance, See Prereqs) and Finance 454 (Advanced Corporate Finance, See Prereqs). (3) Applied Statistics - Economic 456 (Intro to Econometrics, See Prereqs) and an approved Time Series course (not offered at BU, compare STAT 463 Applied Time Series Analysis at Penn State or STAT518 Time Series I at Temple, See Options). Plus, e-learning courses and modules (not offered at BU): Fundamentals of Actuarial Practice and an Associate Professionalism Course. These do not need to be completed before graduation, but you would be foolish not to have completed (1).

An Actuarial Internship would also be a wise endevour in the summer between Junior and Senior year such as the ones at Aon, MetLife, or Allstate.  You might also consider Prudential.

You might further look into a Professional Science Masters in Actuarial Science from Lock Haven University (PSM) from LHU. Also, LHU offers on-line courses that prepare students for actuarial science professional exams: Math605, offered ever Fall, for the Probability exam (P); Math610, offered ever Fall, for the Financial Mathematics exam (FM); and Math615, offered every Fall, for Life Contingencies, soon to be Long Term Actuarial Models, exam (MLC).

A useful book is Power Etiquette: What You Donít Know Can Kill Your Career, by Dana May Casperson.

Are you thinking about graduate school? There are also online programs.

Or a teaching job? Check out Math Teaching as well.

Here is a Cool Math site on careers, that contains some duplication of the links above.

Dr. Polhill also has a site on math related professions.