UT Tyler

Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

One of the biggest questions students have about majoring in mathematics is, "What kind of a job can I get with a degree in mathematics?" It is a common misconception that the only job you can get with a mathematics degree is a teaching job. The information presented below should convince you otherwise.

You will notice that many occupations often associated with other majors -- such as engineering, the medical field, law, finance and actuarial work -- are open to mathematics majors. Indeed, recent graduates from UT Tyler with degrees in mathematics have found high paying jobs as actuaries and in the petroleum industry doing engineering.

  • Computers
    Perhaps the most popular and among the most lucrative jobs for math majors are in the computer industry. Since computer programming is very mathematical, it makes sense that many math majors do very well in it; but math majors are qualified to address more fundamental issues in project design and creating new algorithms for new problems. Many issues in computers -- such as computer graphics, compression of pictures and sound for the Web, and setting up networks -- involve a great deal of mathematics. As a result, many computer companies specifically hire math majors.
  • Engineering
    Many of the reasons math majors work in the computer industry also apply to engineering fields. Engineering involves a great deal of math and, as a result, many engineering firms hire math majors. Your training in math will prepare you to quickly learn the specific issues in a new field, and your creative problem-solving skills will be a strong asset to an engineering firm.
  • Biotech
    There has been a great deal of interest in mathematical biology because of many recent breakthroughs in studying DNA and proteins. Many biotech companies hire mathematics majors because of the high -- and growing -- mathematical content of the field.
  • Cryptography
    From the U. S. National Security Agency to small companies doing commerce on the Web, the demand is great for mathematicians who can understand the number-theoretic issues in cryptography.
  • Actuary
    Among the highest-paid professions are actuaries, who compute the statistics behind life insurance tables and other related tables. Find out more at: Be an Actuary. You can find Listings of actuarial jobs, a site hosted by D.W. Simpson Actuarial Search.
  • Statistician
    More generally, the proliferation of statistics in everything ranging from business to government has brought many organizations to seek math majors. Find out more at: American Statistical Association.
  • Government
    Most branches and agencies in the U. S. government use mathematicians for the reasons mentioned above. Particularly noteworthy are the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA and the Government Accountability Office.
  • Finance
    Most financial companies hire mathematicians to study financial models and make predictions based on statistical evidence. A list of jobs for math majors can be found at: J. P. Morgan.
  • Management
    Management consulting firms seek individuals who can quickly find the root of a problem, find creative and effective solutions, and critically choose from many options. As a result, math majors are in high demand in management consulting firms like McKinsey and Co.
  • Teacher
    If you like to give back to your community and serve kids, teaching mathematics at the secondary school level can be very rewarding. Every year, roughly half the positions advertised for secondary school teachers in math go unfilled. Schools are desperate for caring, qualified math majors.
  • Other Careers
    More information can be found at: American Mathematical Society. There are profiles of individual careers at: MMMA Online.

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