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Mathematics Major Career Planning Options

  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
    (see also Education Major)

Mathematics consists of both abstract reasoning and practical applications. Standing alone, it provides a scientific means to organize, abstract, symbolize, and explain. When applied to the disciplines of science, business, engineering, and technology, mathematics becomes an essential tool for a variety of career fields. Visit Rivier’s Mathematics and Computer Science Department for information on degrees and course offerings.

Mathematics Major Skills 

Problem Solving
Verbal and Written Communication 
Numerical Analysis, Interpretation, 
& Application 

Attention to Detail
Ability to Work Independently
Abstract & Logical Thinking
Reasoning Ability
Programming Skills

Mathematics Education Majors should also develop skills involving creativity, planning, and the ability to adapt teaching methods and modalities to the various learning styles of students. 

Career Paths in Mathematics  

Careers for new mathematics graduates are diverse and dependent upon one’s interests, abilities, work values, academic emphasis, and practical experience in the field. Graduates with a focus towards applied mathematics may look for work in engineering and technical industries. Those who have additional skills in computer science may concentrate on becoming scientific programmers or analysts; while an emphasis on statistics and probability may lead to careers as actuaries, data analysts, or professional statisticians. The mathematics education graduate will be prepared to teach in middle and high schools. In addition, mathematical generalists may utilize their skills in developing theories and techniques for solving practical problems in areas of government, science, or the commercial marketplace of business or finance. Advanced degrees in mathematics are necessary for university teaching jobs and progressive careers as researchers, statisticians, and analysts. Math majors need not limit their careers strictly to the options noted above, as they can combine their math and liberal arts academic background to seek employment in interdisciplinary fields.

Mathematics graduates may work as . . .
(The following are titles from across the industry. Some of these jobs may require education or experience beyond a bachelor’s degree.)

Applied Mathematician 
Budget Officer 
Computer Programmer 
Financial Analyst
Math Professor (Higher Ed)
Math Teacher

Operations Research
Purchasing Agent/
Real Estate
Tax Administrator 


Mathematics graduates may work at . . .  

Aerospace Industry
Computer Hardware & Software 
Public and Private Schools 
Colleges and Universities 
Engineering Firms 

Insurance Agencies 
Research and Development Firms
State and Federal Government
Banks and Financial Investment Firms
Business and Industry
Technical Journals
Utilities Companies

Ways to Increase Employability 

  • Pursue elective course work or additional training related to one’s professional field of interest.
  • Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
  • Become an active student member of university, community, or professional organizations, which enhance leadership skills and promote networking relationships with fellow professionals.
  • Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation as teaching/research assistants, or through relevant part-time, full-time, and summer job/internship positions.

Sources of Information on Majors, Careers, and Employment in Mathematics 

  • Rivier University Faculty Advisors, Academic Advisors, & Math Department Resources
  • Professionals Working in the Field
  • Professional Organizations
  • Professional & Rivier University Organizations related to Mathematics  

Career Related Websites for Mathematics Majors