A bachelor's degree in mathematics is designed to provide students with analytical and logical training necessary for many diverse professions. Graduates find that their skills in quantitative reasoning are in demand in many careers and are needed for many different positions, very few of which have mathematics in the job title.
Approximately 50 percent of the mathematics specialists are employed in industry, with the federal government, and in public administration. The opportunities in industry for persons trained in mathematics are many and varied, including operations research, math modeling, actuarial science and data analysis. Computer programming generates a wealth of mathematical problems in logic, combinatorics, number theory, algebra, differential equations and numerical analysis.
Mathematics majors are commonly accepted into medical schools, law schools, and graduate programs in mathematics, physics, economics, business, education, statistics and computer science. Preparation in these graduate programs may lead to careers in academia or in the business, industry or government sectors. In addition, students who combine an undergraduate degree in mathematics with graduate work in education qualify for teaching positions in high schools.
Beginning salaries for students with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics vary widely based on the candidate’s ability, performance and previous experience, as well as the particular industry, business or government organization in which the candidate is employed. Recent surveys indicate that average starting salaries range from \$40,000 to \$50,000 annually. Fortune has provided an article about the Best and Worst Graduate Degrees for Jobs in 2016 which examines the job market for the future.
The opportunities in industry for persons trained in mathematics are many and varied. View the career opportunities for each of the majors and concentrations (tracks) offered in the Department of Mathematics.