What Can I do With a Degree in Math?

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List of Employers who Posted Jobs in the PSU job database for Math Majors

Math majors may find employment in a variety of fields depending on their skills and experience. Places of employment for math majors include: government agencies, businesses (banking, finance, insurance, market research, etc.), and educational institutions.

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising & Career Services' jobs database where the employer specifically requested math majors. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for math majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

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Careers Reported by Math Majors (Recent Graduates) on College/University Surveys

This is a list of jobs math majors reported having within 12 months of graduation. It was generated from survey data published by colleges and universities across the United States. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration.

  • Actuarial Analyst for a human resources and financial consulting firm
  • Actuarial Analyst for an insurance company
  • Actuarial Senior Analyst for an employee benefits company
  • Actuarial Specialist and an employee benefits company
  • Actuarial Trainee for an insurance company
  • Actuary for a public accounting firm
  • Analyst for a financial services company
  • Analyst for an economic and financial consulting firm
  • Analyst for an investment bank
  • Associate Consultant for a consulting firm
  • Associate Operational Planner for an international pharmaceutical/health care products company
  • Auditor for a public accounting firm
  • Business Banking Representative for bank
  • Communications Engineer for a not-for-profit engineering research and development organization
  • Communications Specialist for a clothing company
  • Compliance Specialist for a life insurance company
  • Contracts Administrator 1 for an aerospace and defense corporation
  • Corporate Systems Program Trainee for a financial management and advisory company
  • Data Analyst for a hotel
  • English teacher in Japan
  • Financial Analyst for a bank
  • Financial Assistant for a global technology and telecommunications company
  • Junior Financial Analyst for a retail company
  • Marketing Representative for a large oil company
  • Math Teacher for a high school
  • Operations Research Analyst for a global management consulting firm
  • Programmer for a telecommunications company
  • Programmer/Applications Developer for an investment bank
  • Reporter/Web Staff for a large daily newspaper
  • Research Assistant for a quasi-governmental banking system
  • Research Associate for a mutual fund company
  • Residence Hall Director for a public college
  • Sales Associate for a global, full-service financial firm
  • Senior Analyst for a global investment bank
  • Servicing Analyst for a government-sponsored enterprise that guarantees and makes loans
  • Software Engineer for provider of technology and strategic consulting services
  • Software Support Representative for a software developer
  • Staff for an interdenominational faith-based organization
  • Structural Analyst for an aerospace and defense corporation
  • Systems Analyst for a technology and management consulting firm
  • Teacher through the Peace Corps
  • Technology Analyst for a federal agency
  • Tutor through AmeriCorps
  • Underwriter for an insurance company

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Careers Reported by Math Majors on the American Community Survey

The following list of job titles was generated from American Community Survey data. Every year, the federal government surveys 3,000,000 people. This list shows some of the most-often reported careers for people who majored in math. 

Please be aware that additional education, internships, or career-related experience may be a prerequisite to some of the careers on this list. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration. To find a brief description of the following occupations, go to the Standard Occupational Classification system.

  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Elementary and Middle School Teachers
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Software Developers
  • Computer Programmers
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Management Analysts
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Actuaries
  • Chief Executives and Legislators
  • Education Administrators
  • Lawyers and Judges
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Financial Managers
  • Mathematicians and Statisticians
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Marketing and Sales Managers
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
  • Sales Representatives
  • Database Administrators
  • Physical Scientists
  • Sales Representatives
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Insurance Sales Agents
  • Registered Nurses
  • Human Resources Workers
  • Designers
  • Counselors
  • Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers
  • Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, and Investigators
  • Medical Scientists and Life Scientists
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Aerospace Engineers
  • Social Workers
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Dentists
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Web Developers
  • Computer and Information Research Scientists
  • Compliance Officers
  • Financial Analysts
  • Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists
  • Advertising Sales Agents
  • Industrial Engineers, Including Health and Safety
  • Computer Hardware Engineers
  • Editors
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Writers and Authors
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Logisticians
  • Insurance Underwriters
  • Psychologists
  • Budget Analysts
  • Librarians
  • Purchasing Managers
  • Administrative Services Managers
  • Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
  • Construction Managers
  • Economists
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Computer Network Architects
  • Technical Writers
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
  • Chemists and Materials Scientists
  • Pharmacists
  • Firefighters

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Additional Ideas

These jobs require math/quantitative skills and/or a degree in mathematics.  They were found by using keyword searches (math, mathematics, quantitative) on Indeed.com and SimplyHired.com.  This list does not represent all the jobs math majors can do; it is designed to be used as a starting point for considering possible jobs that require math skills.  

  • AKT Retirement Plan Services (AKT RPS) — Pension Actuary 
  • Ameriprise Financial — Financial Advisor 
  • Apogee Informatics Corporation — Hospital Analyst/Operations Researcher/Industrial Engineer
  • Biomerieux — Buyer/Planner
  • Bonneville Power Administration — Operations Research Analyst
  • Columbia Sportswear Company — USA Regional Demand Planning Director, Retail Merchandise Manager II
  • Conservation Services Group — Regional Financial Planning Analyst
  • Deloitte — ERS Consultant, Business Risk
  • Department of Human Services Public Health Division — Research Analyst 4
  • Element Power — Business Analyst
  • Everest Consultants — Senior SQL Developer
  • Fiserv, Inc. — Project Manager, Medium Scope-Service Delivery
  • Intel — Test Operator, Market Insights/Trends Analyst
  • Kaiser Permanente — Materials Technician I, Technical Information Analyst III, Actuarial Analyst II Northwest, Director of Business Consulting, Senior Consultant, Data Analyst Manager, Product Manager, Proposal Management Analyst
  • Knowledge Learning Corporation — Market Research Analyst
  • Legacy Health Systems — SIS Analyst Sr, System Consultant HIS/ADT; Project Analyst, Revenue Cycle, Senior Technical Analyst, Programmer Analyst
  • Merrill Lynch — Financial Model Rule Analyst, Financial Analyst
  • Nike — Sr. Executive Compensation Analyst, Strategic Planning Analyst
  • Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance — Project Manager—Evaluation and Market Research
  • Portland Energy Conservation, Inc (PECI) — Project Coordinator
  • Precision Castparts Corp. — Benefits Manager
  • Providence Health and Services — Underwriting Manager
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield — IT Asset Management Analyst I, II or III; Actuary Assistant I or II; Technical Security Specialist II or III; Business Systems Analyst; Analytic Systems Developer, Healthcare Informatics Analyst, Healthcare Informatics Analyst SR II, Developer Lead .NET Web Development, Actuary Associate II
  • Standard Insurance Company — Investment Analyst, Defined Benefit Analyst 1
  • TEK Systems — SQL Database Architect, JAVA Architect
  • TriQuint Semiconductor — Business Operations Analyst
  • UnitedHealth Group — Provider Data Analyst
  • XO Communications — Account Relationship Manager I

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Vocational Biographies

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  • Bank Examiner
  • Actuary
  • Financial Planner
  • Bio-Medical Statistician
  • Mortgage Broker
  • Insurance Claim Specialist

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Professional Associations

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Sites with Career-Related Information for Math Majors

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Department of Mathematical Sciences - Portland State University

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