You may be asked by your friends, "What can a person do with a mathematics degree?" Many of our graduates become teachers, but if that is not for you, there are many other options. The possibilities are limitless for those with a creative, imaginative mind and the ability to think critically and solve real and theoretical problems.
New opportunities are emerging currently because of the data driven society we live in. The microchip industry as well as Wall Street has been taking advantage of mathematicians’ expertise for decades. Now other businesses are finding mathematicians essential to their success.
Job opportunities and salary information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for the general title “Mathematician” was $101,360 for 2012 (the most recent year for which this information is available). Some positions are available to those with a bachelor’s degree, while other positions require a master’s degree or Ph.D. In addition to the high median wage, another plus is a great job outlook. The employment of mathematicians is expected to grow over the next 10 years much faster than the average for other occupations (16 to 32 percent growth).
See bls.gov for more information on pay, education required, job outlook and related occupations. In addition to looking at “Mathematician,” you may want to check out these careers:
- Financial analyst
- Market research analyst
- Operations research analyst
- High school teacher
- Post-secondary teacher