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What can I do with this major?

Area

Employers

Strategies

Industry

  • Research
  • Development
  • Design
  • Data Processing
  • Testing
  • Operations
  • Quality Control
  • Statistical Processing Control
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Consulting

Industries including: Manufacturing, Transportation, Aerospace, Communications, Machinery, Electrical equipment , Pharmaceuticals, Other private industries

Consulting firms

Note that greatest demand is for applied mathematicians with skills in computer science, electronics design and theory, statistics and probability. Develop computer and research skills. Learn to use relevant software packages. Earn a master's degree in math, business, or related field for advanced positions or for consulting jobs. Maintain excellent G.P.A. for graduate/professional school admission. Gain relevant experience through internships, volunteering, summer, or part-time jobs. Develop good oral and written communication skills. Learn to work well in teams.

Government

  • Research
  • Administration

Federal agencies including Defense, Labor, Justice, Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Transportation, Commerce, Treasury, NASA, and Library of Congress State agencies involving research and problem-solving teams

Become familiar with government hiring procedures. Make contacts through involvement in campus, local, or state politics. Obtain internship with local, state, or federal government. Join related professional organizations. Maintain a high grade point average.

Market Research

  • Data Collection
  • Information Analysis

Market research firms

Consumer goods manufacturing firms

Develop good oral and written communication skills. Acquire a business minor.

Volunteer to assist a professor with research. Become a student member of the American Marketing Association. Assist with canvassing/phone interviewing for charities or political campaigns. Complete a market research internship.

Banking

  • Branch Management
  • Credit Lending
  • Operations
  • Systems
  • Trusts

Commercial banks

Regional banks

Savings and loan associations

Credit unions

Complete an internship in a financial institution. Develop good interpersonal skills. Obtain a business minor. Develop excellent computer skills. Demonstrate attention to detail. Become the financial officer or treasurer of a campus organization.

Banking

  • Commercial Lending
  • Branch Management
  • Operations

Commercial banks

Credit unions

Savings and loan associations

Savings banks

Develop sales skills and good analytical skills. Take courses in accounting and finance. Obtain part-time employment or an internship position in a bank.

Develop strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to work well with a diverse clientele. MBA required for most positions related to investment banking.

Education

Public schools

Private schools

Colleges and universities

Obtain appropriate state licensure and/or certification for public school teaching positions. Volunteer to teach, supervise, or tutor with organizations such as Big Brother/Sister, YMCA, or churches. Develop excellent written and oral communication skills. Acquire a master's degree or Ph.D. for teaching positions at the college or university level.

Strategies for placement in Mathematics

  • Math majors develop transferable skills including critical thinking, problem diagnosis and solving, computer skills, and quantitative skills.
  • A bachelor’s degree is often sufficient for entry-level positions, but an advanced degree may open the door to more upper-level opportunities. Pair a strong background in mathematics with another technical discipline such as computer science or engineering.
  • Gain experience through volunteering, internships, and part-time or summer jobs.
  • Develop competencies in a specific area of interest.
  • Supplement curriculum with courses in business, economics, computers, or statistics for increased job opportunities.
  • Maintain a high grade point average. Demonstrate attention to detail and commitment to accuracy.
  • Build relationships with faculty for career information, contacts, and letters of recommendation.
  • Join related student professional associations and seek leadership positions.
  • Develop the ability to work well in teams.
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in areas of interest to enhance knowledge and make contacts.
  • Stay informed of new developments and current trends in the field.

Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section
504/ADA /ADEA Employer.

Links

Sloan Foundation Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 
Careers for Women in Mathematics 
Careers and Employment Resources for Students in Mathematics 
National Council of Teachers in Mathematics
American Mathematical Society Resources for Undergraduates in Mathematics 
Mathematics Careers 
Careers in Math from Coolmath.com 
Careers in Statistics 
Be an Actuary 
Careers in Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences 
PhDs.org