Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
- Albert Einstein
Careers with a Math Degree
There are a multitude of careers for which mathematics majors are well suited. According to the "Wall Street Journal," mathematician is considered the “Best Job of All Jobs;” followed closely by actuary (second) and statistician (third).
Five of the six “Best Jobs” in terms of low stress, high compensation, autonomy, and hiring demand in the “Jobs Related Almanac” are math related. (source: WeUseMath.org)
Career paths include:
- cyber security
- operations research
- financial analysis
- actuarial science
- data mining
- computer graphics
- industrial modeling
- mathematics research (academic)
Why Do Employers Like Math Majors?
Math majors have the following attributes that employers love:
- problem-solving skills
- ability to think abstractly
- attention to detail
- ability to think about problems in a different way
Professional Graduate Schools Like Math Majors, Too
As a math major, you'll be well prepared for graduate study if you think that's in your future. As the table below shows, the average (mean) test scores of students majoring in math are much higher than those in other programs, giving you a competitive edge when applying to a master's or doctoral program.
Source: "The Chronicle of Higher Education"
Test performance on graduate school entrance exams by major
|Mathematics ||+12.8% ||+13.3%
|Philosophy ||+8.7% ||+11.0%
|+9.6% ||+7.3% ||Economics
|+7.5% ||+7.6% ||Chemistry
|English ||+4.1% ||+5.6%
|+5.7% ||Foreign Languages ||+3.3%
|+2.9% ||+4.6% ||History
|+3.3% ||+4.0% ||Biology
|+0.9% ||+0.8% ||Psychology
|+.06% ||Political Science ||-1.6%
|-0.5% ||-1.2% ||Arts & Music
|Business ||-4.5% ||-0.8%
|-5.0% ||Sociology ||-7.0%
|-8.7% ||Education ||-4.2%
Because math skills are so highly demanded by employers, math professionals earn substantially higher salaries compared to other professions.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics