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What can you do with a math degree?

Mathematically Based BIG Careers. (Business, Industry and Government)  Though mathematics provides the backbone of many careers, its use is often hidden from view.

Complex economic and planning decisions, scientific discoveries that improve our lives, and new technologies and products often rely on mathematical or statistical analysis, as well as computer visualization, simulation, design and implementation based on mathematics.

So, people whose first love is mathematics often masquerade as systems analysts, data analysts and scientists, operations researchers, engineers, quality control experts, actuaries, statisticians, and financial analysts in business, government and industry. They combine their interest in mathematics with tough real world problems that need talent and creativity to solve.

Here are some resources that can help your investigation into enjoyable and rewarding careers that have mathematics as a base.

  • Our career options and opportunities page has a list of employers and graduate schools that Rose graduates have work for or attend. The page also has some links to external career information pages.
  • Our growing alumni profiles site has specific varied career profiles of some of our our Rose-Hulman graduates as well as companies and graduate schools of our graduates.
  • According to, Actuarial Mathematics is one of the top-paying degree fields! Since the actuarial career has been somewhat popular among Rose grads we have an information page on it: actuarial page.

Should I go to grad school? Typically positions requiring just a bachelors degree are entry level and often use a math major's analytical and problem solving skills rather than specific mathematics learned. Over the long term, career advancement will likely require post graduate education, either in the form of an advanced degree or equivalent education such as actuarial exams. The career options and opportunities page above has links to more information on graduate schools and whether one should go.


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