Math Careers

What Can I Do with a Mathematics Degree?

A 2009 study showed that the top three best jobs in terms of income and other factors were careers suited for math majors. In addition to teaching, math majors can pursue a variety of careers.

Rapid employment growth of 58 percent is expected in actuarial consulting services needed to evaluate and manage employee benefit plans for employers, as well as do contract work for insurers. In addition, more industries are expected to use consulting actuaries to assess risks across all areas of business, a practice known as enterprise risk management. 

Another use for applied mathematics will be in cloud computing (data storage and computing over the Internet) which is creating many new sources of data that can be mined and analyzed.

Graduate Studies

An undergraduate degree in mathematics can serve as an excellent foundation for pursuing a technical graduate degree in engineering or physics, for example.

Job Opportunities

For detailed information about an undergraduate mathematics degree career opportunities, see also Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: Actuaries, Statisticians, Survey Researchers, Financial Analysts, and market Research Analysts.

A graduate degree in mathematics is the most common educational requirement for mathematicians. However, there are positions for those with only a bachelor’s degree.

  • Statistician
  • Survey Researcher
  • Data Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Research Analyst
  • Underwriter
  • Industrial Traffic Manager
  • Applied Mathematician
  • Credit Representative
  • Payroll Specialist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Actuarial Science (Finance & Insurance Industries)
  • Risk Assessment
  • Computer Science
  • Biomathematics
  • Cryptography

Contact or visit us

Mathematics Department
Connie Thorson, Administrative Assistant
Smith-Curtis, Room 311
Lincoln, NE 68504
402.465.2233 office
cthorson [at]