You've worked hard to earn a degree in math. But now you're wondering what you're going to do with it.

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Explore some career options, depending on the type of degree you earned.

Doctoral Degree

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If you like studying how matter and energy react, then becoming a physicist may be in your future!

Physicists study, design, and test theories through complex mathematics. Some duties include:

  • Developing scientific models

  • Performing mathematical calculations

  • Designing new scientific equipment

  • Developing computer software

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If you like studying, collecting, and examining economic data and advising on economic decisions, then an Economist may be a great future job!

Economists have strong decision making, research, and forecasting skills. They study productions and distributions and make forecasts for future investments. Some duties include:

  • Research economic issues

  • Conduct surveys and collect data

  • Interpret and forecasts financial markets

  • Advise businesses on economic topics

Honorable Mentions: university professor, engineer

Master's Degree

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Mathematician or Statistician

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If you like collecting and analyzing data to solve problems, then maybe a mathematician and statistician would be a good career fit for you!

Mathematicians and statisticians find relationships in data sets, then use that knowledge to develop new strategies for company improvement. Some duties include:

  • Analyzing data

  • Applying computational techniques

  • Solving problems

  • Developing mathematical rules

Post-Secondary Teacher

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If you have a desire to foster the next generation of math learners, then maybe becoming a post-secondary teacher would be a good career fit for you.

Post-secondary teachers teach high level math courses to students at community colleges and some other educational institutions. Some duties include:

  • Lesson planning

  • Collaborating with the college

  • Developing courses

  • Teaching math

Honorable mention: information research scientist

Bachelor's Degree

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If you like to analyze economic costs and uncertainty, then being an actuary may be a good fit for you!

Actuaries are certified analysts and may work as consultants traveling to meet prospective clients. Some duties include:

  • Compile and analyze statistical data

  • Estimate probability and cost of events

  • Design insurance policies

  • Calculate cash reserves

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If you enjoy organizing finances, then being a budget analyst may be a good career for you!

Budget analysts use mathematics to prepare budgets and plan spending, and they also create financial reports. Some duties include:

  • Monitoring an organization's spending

  • Estimating future financial needs

  • Developing an organization's budget

  • Providing advice and details of finances

Honorable mentions: database administrator, financial manager

Associate's Degree

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If you like recording and keeping up with financial transactions and using spreadsheets and databases, then maybe being a bookkeeper or an auditing clerk would be a good career fit for you.

Bookkeepers or auditing clerks reconcile records, and create balance sheets and income statements. Some duties include:

  • Number crunching

  • Bank analysis

  • Finding inaccuracies

  • Working with financial records

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If you like working with measuring devices, then being a calibration technologist or technician might be a good career fit for you!

Calibration technologists or technicians determine calibration requirements by analyzing data. Some duties include:

  • Calibrate scientific equipment

  • Analyze project data

  • Maintain or repair measurement devices

  • Conduct calibration tests

Honorable mentions: finance or accounting, web development, insurance claims processor, loan officer with a bank

Time to Decide

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This is Jill. She just earned her Bachelor's degree in mathematics. She loves budgeting and organizing finances, but she also loves traveling, researching, and working with financial records.

She's a bit undecisive about which career might be her best fit.


Which career path might work best for Jill?

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What will you do with your math degree?

As you can see, there are so many career paths to consider with a math degree! Having a math degree, whether an Associate's degree or Doctorate degree, can provide a basis for other career options as well!

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