Mathematics

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The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a BA, BS, and a minor in Mathematics.  A major in mathematics prepares one for a wide range of life experiences. For mathematical research in the sciences, a doctoral degree is generally required. Lesser degrees, however, may prepare one for numerous career paths as well.

Mathematics Department website

 

 

 

Sample of Related Skills

  • Demonstrate depth of knowledge in the core content areas of the discipline 
  • Apply content knowledge to solve complex mathematical problems 
  • Demonstrate ability to construct rigorous logical arguments 
  • Communicate mathematical ideas orally and/or in writing 
  • Apply technology tools to solve problems 

Popular Career Paths

Scientific Research: Focuses on researching and analyzing data on all types of topics related to the scientific world.

Education: Allows you the ability to utilize the knowledge you have gained from your academic studies and research and then be able to communicate this information in such a way that can be taught in an academic setting.

Insurance/Business:  Very focused career field where actuaries and underwriters rely on mathematical data to help insurance companies set risk pools and prices. This career field gives you business skills which you would otherwise not get with a mathematics degree.

Statistics: A broad career path that utilizes your strengths in applied and theoretical mathematics. You can analyze data from the business, health, government, medicine, and academia fields to make this information more user friendly for the individuals in each field. Communication skills are very important in this line of work.

Software Programming: Writes programs for all types of companies to help them market their brand with images and graphics. Having a computer based background is also very important in this career path.


Explore More Career Paths

  • American Statistical Organization - Offers many resources for the statistician occupation including many career resources on what exactly you do within the profession
  • Be an Actuary - Offers many links to information on the career of an actuary
  • Career in Mathematics - Offers several links to all the different types of careers one can receive from a mathematics major
  • Casualty Actuarial Society - Career center for the actuary career profession where you can get tips within the profession as well as explore job boards that are posted
  • Mathematical Association of America - Several links that lead to the many different careers that mathematics majors may explore
  • Society of Actuaries - Links for applicants, recruiters, and interns to find valuable information on the career of an actuary

Jobs to Consider

Actuary

Business Analyst

Computer Technician

Data Analyst

Economist

Financial Aid Director

Health Research Assistant

Investment Analysis

IT Consultant

Lab Technician

Math Teacher

Mathematician

Operations Support

Professor

Programming Analyst

 

Researcher

Software Engineer

Software Programmer

Statistician

Survey Analyst

Underwriter

Web Developer

 


Places to Seek Employment

Banks

City Utilities

Computer Firms

Consulting Firms 

Federal, State & Local Government Agencies

Financial Firms 

Insurance Companies

Investment Firms

Large Corporate Companies

Market Research Companies

Military Branches

Pharmaceutical Companies

Public and Private High Schools

 

Public & Private Universities

Research Institutions

Science Based Companies

Science Labs

Stock Brokerage Firms

Web Based Companies

 

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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest in mathematics so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields.
  2. Become familiar with the required professional qualifications associated with careers that interest you (i.e. advance degrees, licensure and/or certifications).
  3. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  4. Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  5. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
  6. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills.
  7. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest in math, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
  8. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
  9. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as: Economics Club and Mathematics Graduate Student Organization.
  10. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume (pdf).

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