Mathematics is one of the most important driving forces creating new technology. Thanks
to computers, mathematicians can now take complicated formulas off the blackboard
and apply them to real world problems.
Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization
||Loan Officer/Trust Officer
|Computer Systems Analyst
|Data Base Manager
||New Products Testing Specialist
||Operations Research Analyst
|Economic Research Analyst
||Quality Assurance Technician
|Engineering Support Technician
Nature of the Work
Most mathematicians teach in high schools, technical institutes, community colleges
and four-year universities, where they also conduct research in addition to teaching
and administrative duties.
Here are some examples of work that combines mathematics with another discipline:
- Actuaries with mathematics and business training design insurance policies and pension
plans and evaluate the company's financial risks in implementing them.
- Mathematicians with backgrounds in physical science at General Motors use computer
models to predict whether certain metals can be shaped into a particular design and
to forecast how different materials will wear under various types of stress.
- A group of mathematicians and statisticians at Standard Oil of California slashed
the cost of testing new oil additives by $200,000.
- Mathematicians with computer science backgrounds work on computer methods, systems
Places of Employment
|Colleges and universities
|Commercial and regional banks
||Market research firms
|Electronic equipment industry
||Retail department stores
A bachelor's degree qualifies you for many careers in private industry and government.
If you want to teach and conduct research at a university, you will need a Ph.D.
If you are considering a career in business, government or industry, you should have
a second area of specialization such as economics, finance, statistics, physical science
or computer science.
For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951)
The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.