Skills and knowledge developed in this field of study
Analytical skills, critical and logical thinking skills, and problem-solving skills
Minors and second majors that expand career options with this major
Biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, philosophy and physics
Careers specific to those having a bachelor's degree in mathematics
An undergraduate degree in mathematics can lead to a variety of well-paying jobs in business, industry, government and teaching. Companies in the computer and communications fields employ many mathematicians, as do oil companies, banks, insurance companies and consulting firms. Almost every bureau and branch of the federal government employs mathematicians in some capacity. Positions include statisticians, operations researchers and actuaries. Because of the greatly expanded use of computers, skilled programmers with a strong math background are in great demand. Teaching in junior high, middle and high school are also common careers.
Other Career Possibilities with a Bachelor's Degree
The influence of mathematical ideas in a large number of disciplines is increasing. Recent advances in physics, chemistry, and astronomy rely heavily on mathematical ideas and the biological sciences often use mathematical models. Mathematics is used with increasing frequency in the social sciences, particularly in economics and psychology. Thus, mathematics graduates may find jobs as consultants in any of these fields, or as economists and computer analysts.
Careers that Normally Require a Graduate Degree
Many math majors continue their study in mathematics in graduate or professional programs. Many research positions and positions for mathematical scientists require an advanced degree. Also, math majors go into graduate programs to become doctors, dentists, optometrists, and lawyers. College and university teaching and research require an advanced degree as well.
OLLU alumni spotlight:
Dr. Darcy Sety, BA 1969 Mathematics, is the director of infrastructure and information technology for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
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