What Can I Do With a Major In Mathematics?

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Major Information

You can do a lot with this major! Mathematics majors go on to successful careers in analysis, research, business, academics, government, publishing, and much more.

Math majors can specialize in various areas: actuarial science, computer applications, preparation for teaching math in secondary school, industrial mathematics, mathematical biology, and preparation for graduate-level math studies.

A major in mathematics is available through the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) or through the College of Science & Engineering (CSE). CLA offers a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. CSE offers a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. The requirements and focuses are different for each. Talk to an adviser to learn more.

All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and mathematics majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include:

  • Strong quantitative reasoning abilities
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Analytical and logical reasoning skills
  • Statistical analysis abilities
  • Independent, self-motivated work ethic
  • Information management

Interest code: ICR

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Career Options

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are mathematics alumni in all eight of the career fields).  For more career information for mathematics majors, utilize these additional resources:

  • What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
  • LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
  • GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Business, Consulting, Marketing & Sales

Internships

  • Intercontinental Logistics Officer Intern - Divino
  • Import/Export Analyst Intern - Citic Pacific Special Steel Holdings
  • Intern - Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Human Capital Analyst Intern - United Health Care
  • Procurement Analyst Intern - Coca-Cola Company
  • Risk Assessment Research Intern - Minnesota Historical Society
  • Intern - Zhejin Trust
  • Summer Intern - FXCM
  • Actuarial Intern - Austin Mutual Insurance Company
  • Investment Banking Department Summer Intern - Bank of China International
  • Finance Intern - UBS
  • Actuarial Intern - Deloitte
  • Actuarial Intern - China Pacific Life Insurance Co., Ltd.
  • Advisory Finance Intern - PwC
  • Business Analyst Intern - Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • EVS Intern - KPMG
  • Product Management Intern - American Family Insurance
  • Actuarial Intern - The Standard
  • Actuarial Intern - Allianz Life
  • Actuarial Intern - Millman, Inc.
  • Actuarial Intern - PwC
  • Summer Intern - Aon Hewitt
  • Advisory Intern - Gao Feng Advisory Company

Entry-Level

  • Research Assistant - Minnesota Population Center
  • Analyst - Goldman Sachs
  • Actuarial Intern - Travelers
  • Actuarial Analyst - Van Iwaarden Associates
  • Financial Analyst - Wells Fargo
  • Actuarial Analyst - Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • Associate, Actuarial Analyst - Swiss Re
  • Actuarial Analyst - Aon Hewitt
  • Operations Analyst - Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
  • Actuarial Assistant - CNO Financial Group
  • Actuarial Associate - PwC
  • Actuarial Associate - Aon Hewitt

Experienced

  • Senior Actuarial Analyst - Van Iwaarden Associates
  • Actuarial Risk Analyst - Aon
  • Actuarial Analyst II - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
  • Assistant Vice President - Citi

Graduate Programs

  • MS, Statistical and Economic Modeling - Duke University
  • Information Technology Certificate - University of Minnesota
  • MA, Economics - Tufts University
  • MA, Statistics - Columbia University
  • MS, Actuarial Science - Temple University
Technology, Data, & Analytics

Internships

  • IT Intern - Travelers
  • Production Technician - Sensonix, Inc.

Entry-Level

  • TECDP Associate - Cigna
  • Associate Technology Consultant - DuCharme, McMillen & Associates

Experienced

  • Senior Technology Consultant - DuCharme, McMillen & Associates
  • Manager, Tax Technology - DuCharme, McMillen & Associates

Graduate Programs

  • MS, Statistical and Economic Modeling - Duke University
  • Information Technology Certificate - University of Minnesota
  • MA, Economics - Tufts University
  • MA, Statistics - Columbia University
  • MS, Actuarial Science - Temple University