Career Opportunities

A Mathematics degree provides numerous career opportunities.

A strong background in mathematics will prepare you for work in sciences, education, technology, business and analysis. One career possibility you can consider is to become an actuary.  Actuaries use probability and statistics to calculate events and possibilities for individuals and companies.  They specialize in risk management and proactively analyze the impact of an event to eliminate financial loss.  Other employment opportunities for you may include a career as statistician, financial advisor, mathematician or accountant.  All of these jobs draw on the skills attained during your degree program and your knowledge of how to use equations to figure out budgets and finances for individuals and businesses.  You can also find work with the government, a not-for profit or a commercial agency.

What Can I Earn with a Mathematics Degree:

Career Salary
Actuary $97,450
Financial Advisor $94,180
Statistician $75,220
Financial Analyst $85,240
Mathematician $93,920
Budget Analyst $69,240
Accountant $67,430

The above table is a list of career opportunities and mean annual salaries for mathematics majors.  This May 2009 list was complied from a survey within the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (  Some of these careers may require further education, licensure or certification.

Take a quick look at the options available:

CollegeXpress: What Can you Do with a Math Degree?

AMS:  What can I do with a math degree?

The Guardian:  What to do with a degree in Mathematics.

Here is a great  example of what you can do with a Mathematics Degree:

Mr Curtis GilmoreCurtis Gilmore at NASA Desk

Mr Curtis Gilmore graduated with his MS in Mathematics.  Mr. Gilmore was a graduate assistant,  president of the Math Club, a mentor and example to many people across the PVAMU campus.

Mr. Gilmore is a NASA ISS Certified Flight Controller. This includes the integration/disintegration of cargo for all visiting vehicles to the ISS (International Space Station). My group is the single point of contact for real-time stowage and inventory tracking across multiple systems and multiple countries including Canada, Russian, and Japan. The position also requires regular conferences with the crew aboard the International Space Station.

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