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Career Opportunities and Work Life

With an education based in mathematics, you have a variety of careers to choose from in the business, law, computer science, or academic industries. Some careers include:

  • Teacher
  • Statistician
  • Engineer
  • Actuary
  • Architect
  • Computer specialist
  • Accountant
  • Computer science

Work Environment

Mathematicians usually work as part of a team that can include economists, engineers, computer scientists, and others. Due to deadlines, special projects, research, and conferences the workweek is often extended beyond 40-hours.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Defense is the primary federal employer for nonfaculty mathematicians.

Other careers can be found in banks, insurance companies, state government, scientific research industries, and aerospace.

Employment Outlook
Nationally, employment opportunities are highest for those entering the computer and information fields. The U.S. Department of Labor is predicting a 18 percent national increase in computer specialist positions by 2020. For computer and information system manager positions, the increase is predicted to be at 17 percent. 

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