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.
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Potential Career Paths in Mathematics
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
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.
A cryptographer develops algorithms, ciphers, and security systems to encrypt sensitive information.
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.
- Credit Analysis
A credit analyst analyzes credit data and financial statements of individuals or firms to determine the degree of risk involved in extending credit or lending money.
- Financial Analysis
A financial analyst conducts quantitative analyses of information affecting investment programs of public or private institutions.
- Logistics Analysis
A logistics analyst analyzes product delivery or supply chain processes to identify or recommend changes. May manage route activity including invoicing, electronic bills, and shipment tracing.
- 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.
A mathematician conducts research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields. They solve problems in various field using mathematical methods.
- 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.
A statistician develops or applies mathematical or statistical theories and methods to collect, organize, interpret, and summarize numerical data to provide usable information. May specialize in fields such as bio-statistics, agricultural statistics, business statistics, or economic statistics.
- 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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Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Mathematics Majors for the Class of 2017*
Augusta University | Duke University | Georgetown University | Johns Hopkins University | The Georgia Institute of Technology | The University of Cambridge | The University of Connecticut | The University of Georgia | The University of Minnesota | The University of Pennsylvania | The University of Texas at Austin | Twin Cities | Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University