Careers In the Mathematical Sciences

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The Career Center provides assistance to individuals exploring academic majors, careers, and graduate school options and provides answers to the question: What can I do with a Major in Mathematics? Resources on the K-State Career Center Homepage include:


The Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics contains information about these careers in the mathematical sciences:


Here is a list of Employers and Job Titles of Some K-State Mathematics Alumni. You will be surprised at the many different job titles for which a math degree is appropriate. Be sure to visit our Undergraduate Research, Internships, and Study Abroad page.


The American Mathematical Society maintains a Mathematical Moments page which "promotes appreciation and understanding of the role mathematics plays in science, nature, technology and human culture." The AMS also provide a page for Students of Mathematics.

The Mathematical Association of America, maintains pages on Careers and Career Profiles of nonacademic mathematical scientists. "The authors of these essays describe a wide variety of careers for which a backgound in the mathematical sciences is useful. They provide practical answers to the question: Why should I study math?"

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics provides a Careers and Jobs page that contains these resources:

The American Statistical Association maintains a Career Center.

The Math Forum hosts a Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month page showing how the application of mathematics is indispensable in such diverse fields as medicine, computer imaging, the internet, market analysis, environmental studies, space exploration, manufacturing, business, defense, and government.


The National Security Agency is one of the largest employers of mathematicians outside academia. NSA has a Careers web site which describes their College Student Cooperative Education Program and Summer Programs. NSA has career paths in Cryptanalysis, Intelligence Analysis, Mathematics, Signal Analysis, and other fields. The Director's Summer Program is the National Security Agency's premier outreach effort to the very best undergraduate mathematics majors in the country. The students participating in the cryptologic mathematics program will work on a broad range of problems involving applications of abstract algebra, geometry, number theory, combinatorics, graph theory, probability, statistics and analysis.

The U.S. Department of State has a Careers page.


The Society of Actuaries and the Casuality Actuary Society maintain a page which describes how to Be An Actuary and contains information about the Actuarial Exams. Northwestern Mutual Life has an Actuarial Careers page. Allstate has an Actuarial Careers page.


Many businesses and corporations have web pages on careers and jobs. For example, here are the careers pages for Accenture, Boeing, Dell, Ernst & Young, Garmin, Google, IBM, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Mercer, Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Schlumberger, and Texas Instruments.


Careers in Academia

The American Mathematical Society has a Career Information page that focuses on academic careers. This web site contains Advice for New Ph.D.'s, as well as Employment Services for Ph.D. mathematicians. The Mathematical Sciences Employment Center is run by the AMS and other Societies each January at the Joint Mathematics Meetings. It is a way for employers and PhD-level mathematicians to have short interviews.

The Chronicle of Higher Education maintains a Jobs Network which includes job announcement listings exclusively for Chronicle subscribers.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics maintains a Career Center with a searchable NCTM Job's Online website.