What can I do with a major in Mathematics?
UGA Specific Information for Mathematics
Mathematics is a powerful tool in many diverse careers. Math plays a major role in actuarial science, astronomy, chemistry, physics, computer science, economics, engineering, biology, geophysics, finance, genetics, oceanography, meteorology, linguistics, cryptology, seismology, and environmental science. A strong mathematics background has become nearly a prerequisite for advanced study in the natural and social sciences. Critical problems in government, health, the environmental fields, private industry, and the academic world require advanced mathematical and statistical techniques for they provide exacting analytical and quantitative tools necessary. Although some applications involve computers, the current generation has grown with the development of technology and is the most prepared in history to change our society, environment and world.
Employers Hiring UGA Mathematics for the Class of 2016*
Accuen | Aon plc | Aurora Investment Counsel | CDI Corporation | Center for Advanced Hindsight | CGI | Cigna-HealthSpring | Citigroup Inc. | Fulton County Schools | Gwinnett County Public Schools | Mastercard Incorporated | McKinsey Consulturing | Mercer | Omega Learning Center | PricewaterhouseCoopers | State Farm | SunTrust Banks, Inc. | Synovus Financial Corporation | Telephonics System Engineering Group - SEG | The United Services Automobile Association | United States Navy | Westminster Christian Academy
Job Titles of UGA Mathematics Majors for the Class of 2016*
Actuarial Associate | Actuarial Senior Analyst | Analyst | Business Analyst | Consultant | Credit Analyst | Data Analyst | Defined Benefits Delivery Specialist | Investment Banking Analyst | IT Analyst | Math Teacher | Mathematics Teacher | Mathematics Tutor | Middle School Soccer Coach | Nuclear Engineer | Programmatic Planning and Optimization Analyst | Research Associate | Retirement Actuarial Analyst | RF Engineer | Sales & Trading Analyst | Software Developer
Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Mathematics Majors for the Class of 2016*
Eastern Michigan University | Georgia Institute of Technology | Georgia State University-Perimeter College | New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology | Rutgers University | The Massachusetts Institute of Technology | The University of California, Los Angeles | The University of Georgia | The University of L’Aquila | The University of West Georgia
UGA Mathematics Career Outcomes for the Class of 2016*
** Includes Self-Employed
Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
When considering your career options within the field of mathematics, it might help to narrow down your interest by industry. The following industries seek individuals with a background in mathematics.
- Academia and Teaching
Teaching others the fundamentals and theories of mathematics is a career option. Becoming a professor on the university level would require additional education in the form of a PhD. Those interested in teaching at the secondary education level need to go through a certification program in order to teach at public schools in the state they reside in.
- Actuarial Science and Accounting
Professionals in the actuary field calculate the financial impact of risk and uncertainty. They evaluate the probability of events and quantify the contingent outcome in order to minimize the impacts of financial losses associated with uncertain undesirable events. Accountants focus on measuring and documenting financial information that helps others make decisions about allocating resources.
- Computing/Information Technology
Professionals in this field specialize in a formal approach to computer programming. Information technology is focused on using computers to store and manipulate data, often in the context of a business or other enterprise.
Professionals in this field are focused on the analysis of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Economists work in many fields including academia, government, and in the private sector.
- Engineering Analysis
An engineering analyst uses prevailing technology, science and data to determine if the processes in place are achieving the goals of the company or administration.
- Investment Analysis
An investment analyst undertakes research to provide information and investment ideas to fund managers. Employers of investment analysts include life assurance companies, charitable organizations, banks and large corporations, and companies or individuals seeking alternative investments such as real estate and hedge funds.
- Market Research Analysis
Market research analysts study market conditions in local, regional, or national areas to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price.
- Military and Public Service
A mathematics background is highly sought after in many areas of the military.
- Operations Research
Operations research analysts use advanced methods of mathematical analysis to help organizations solve problems and make better fiscal decisions. Most operations research analysts in the federal government work for the Department of Defense, which also employs a large number of analysts through private consulting firms.
- Sales and Marketing
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents connect buyers and sellers in financial markets. They sell securities to individuals, advise companies in search of investors, and conduct trades.
- Systems Analysis
Computer systems analysts study an organization's current computer systems and procedures and make recommendations to management to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.
*This is not an exhaustive list of industries that hire mathematics majors.
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Additional Career Research Resources
- O*NET (click on Find Occupations)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (type in general term for career of interest)
- Career Insider: Vault Guides (Under the “Resources” tab and select “Online Resources”)
- Candid Career (View professionals speaking about their careers under the “Resources” tab and select “Online Resources”)
- CareerSearch (Research employers by location and/or industry)
- Handshake (login with your UGA MyID and password)
- GoinGlobal (To access GoinGlobal, login to your Handshake account)
- Idealist (nonprofit jobs)
- USAJobs (federal jobs)
- American Mathematical Society
- The Mathematical Association of America
- Society for Industrial & Applied Math
- SIAM-AMS Non-Academic Careers in Math Info
- We Use Math-Information on Careers in Math
- Be An Actuary - Information on Careers in Actuarial Science
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