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Careers in Math
Discover where a math degree can take you.
A degree in mathematics prepares you to advance in tech, medicine, communication, economics, engineering, law, and beyond. Logic, problem solving, critical analysisâ€”these will all serve you as you step into the workforce. Read on to discover where you can go with your math degree.
Future Jobs for Math Graduates
Your degree gives you knowledge and technical skill to advance in a broad range of career settings including:
 Banks
 Chemical or pharmaceutical manufacturers
 Communications server providers
 Computer service and software firms
 Consulting firms
 Design firms
 Electronics and computer manufacturers
 Engineering research organizations
 Financial services
 Forestry services
 Government labs
 Healthcare providers
 Logistics
 Petroleum producers
 Education institutions
 Tech startups
 Universitybased research organizations
 Cities and development planning organizations
Relevant Job Skills and Requirements
As you step into the job market, a math degree equips you with both hard and soft skills that employers are seeking, including:
 Software skills such as Excel (including VBA scripts), other MS products (People SoZ etc.), SAS/SPSS, SQL, C+, R, CPLEX
 Technical skills including statistics, modelling, and optimization
 Project management skills
 Communication skills
 Critical analytical and problemsolving skills
 Group work skillsâ€”the ability to work with others and resolve conflict
 Ability to understand and communicate quantitative and graphical information
 Ability to model and synthesize
Not only are you wellpositioned for the job market, once in your career, you are more likely to enjoy it: mathematicians, actuarial scientists and statisticians experience above average job satisfaction according to the Chronicle of Higher Education and Jobs Rated Almanac (January 2009).
Further Study Opportunities
A math degree from SFU is your stepping stone to further studies in professional schools or graduate programs. In fact, mathematics, statistics and physics majors achieve the highest average scores on entrance exams for law and medical schools in the US.
Your undergraduate degree will set you up to apply to other programs including:
 Broad professional schools like medicine and law
 Specialized professional programs in finance, industrial engineering, or management science
 MSc and PhD programs in topics like mathematics, statistics, computer science, industrial engineering, and economics
 MBA programs in operations research, management science, or systems science
Helpful Links
 www.siam.org/careers/
 www.informs.org/
 www.maa.org/careers/
 www.weusemath.org/
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