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What do you do with a Math Degree?

The career of a modern mathematician is similar to the career of many professionals who work in the sciences. You will find B.A.'s and B.S.'s in Mathematics working for:

  • Pharmaceutical companies (doing statistical analysis, or modelling the behavior of developing drugs using differential equations)
  • Insurance companies (as actuaries)
  • Publishing companies (as editors of technical publications)
  • Government agencies (like the National Security Agency)
  • Public schools

The links provided offer a much more in-depth look at the variety of careers awaiting the applied mathematician. Our program's emphasis on mathematical rigor paired with demonstrated ability in another field besides mathematics offers our graduates "the best of both worlds" - the knowledge to apply mathematics to a field of one's choosing. Perhaps the most disarming answer to the question of "What do you do with a Math degree?" is "Anything you want to!"

This is truly the sentiment of many math majors featured in SIAM's Profiles of Mathematicians and Computational Scientists. See what they have to say about their mathematical careers!

Who's Hiring Math Majors?

Graduate Success Rate

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The statistics and figures listed in the Graduate Success publication are based upon the Career Survey administered by Oregon Tech's Career Services Office for the graduating class of 2012-13. The success rate is calculated as the percentage of survey respondents who are employed, continuing education, or inactive within six months after graduation. Those who are inactive are not seeking employment for a variety of reasons. Average graduate salaries encompass all alumni within a given discipline. These results are from a survey conducted between Dec. 20, 2013 and Jan 14, 2014.