Careers and Grad School
After all that time studying, what's next?
Mathematics majors have many qualities that are attractive to job recruiters. They are good problem-solvers, have developed critical thinking skills, possess strong analytical and computer skills, and can communicate both orally and in writing. These qualities are seen as tremendous advantages in securing a job. A degree in Mathematics provides the student with opportunities in education, the biological and physical sciences, statistics and actuarial work. A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics provides the skills necessary to be a successful lawyer, engineer, manager or business executive.
Why Consider Graduate School?
Many jobs in Mathematics require advanced degrees, and others are difficult to obtain without an advanced degree. Often graduate students return to school when they find they have reached a ceiling in industry above which they can’t progress without an advanced degree. Project managers in technical fields in industry are usually people with M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. Teaching at a junior college always requires a Masters; university-level teaching typically requires a Ph.D. Obtaining an advanced degree gives you more flexibility in both academic and industrial fields. If you achieve high grades, practice self-discipline, are motivated, and eager to learn, then you may be a good candidate for graduate school. A Mathematics major has developed traits to be successful in graduate school. They tend to be quick learners, self-starters, motivated , and task-oriented, with a solid conceptual knowledge base.