Business, Industry, and Government

The opportunities for mathematics majors in business, industry, and government are excellent. In a number of instances, employers, having found mathematics majors generally bright and flexible, have hired them for positions which may involve considerable training on the job, but not much formal or direct use of their mathematical knowledge. These jobs often make use of the incisive reasoning abilities and broad problem-solving skills that are developed through effective mathematical training, as well as the strong communication skills required by the mathematics major. In other positions, mathematics majors may make considerable use of their backgrounds in mathematics, computer science, statistics, and science. The possibilities range from positions in management to jobs as programmers, actuaries, or mathematics and computing specialists. To make your college experience most valuable, you should schedule courses in areas where mathematics is applied, such as economics, sociology, psychology, general business, computer science, statistics, engineering, and the physical and biological sciences.