For the 7th year in a row, jobs requiring strong quantitative skills have dominated the CareerCast.com job rankings:
Top Jobs of 2016: Data Scientist (1), Statistician (2), Mathematician (6), Actuary (10)
2015: Actuary (1), Mathematician (3), Statistician (4), Data Scientist (6)
2014: Mathematician (1), Statistician (3), Actuary (4)
2013: Actuary (1), Mathematician (18), Statistician (20)
2012: Actuary (2), Mathematician (10), Statistician (18)
2011: Mathematician (2), Actuary (3), Statistician (4)
2010: Actuary (1), Mathematician (6), Statistician (8)
2009: Mathematician (1), Actuary (2), Statistician (3)
"Math is experiencing something of a renaissance period, and analytics are the driving force." - CareerCast.com
Studying math is so much more than computations.
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Those who advance to earn graduate degrees find substantial financial success. In 2015, the median salary for a mathematician was $111,110 and for a statistician was $80,110. Employment for both mathematicians and statisticians is expected to grow by more than 34% through 2024.
A degree in Mathematics can lead to many rewarding careers:
• Actuarial Scientist (analyzes financial cost of risk and uncertainty)
• Business Intelligence
• Mathematician/Mathematical Scientist
• Mathematical Technician
• Operations Research
• Statistician/Data Analyst
• For more information about potential careers, see the career resources of the MAA, AMS, and ASA.
The problem solving skills and perseverance gained through studying mathematics also prepares students for graduate and professional schools. In fact, students majoring in mathematics outperform other students on required graduate school standardized tests.
A study conducted by the National Institute of Education, comparing the scores of 550,000 college students who took the LSAT and GMAT, found that students majoring in mathematics scored substantially higher than the average on graduate and law school admission tests.
The AMS Undergraduate Math Majors page has more information about mathematics-related graduate programs, summer programs, and internships.