Careers in Mathematics

What can you do with a degree in Mathematics? Traditionally, math majors pursue careers in industry or within the academic setting. They teach, conduct research, or do both, working for schools, colleges, universities, high-technology companies, or research agencies such as NASA, the National Security Agency, or Bell Labs.

A UAB graduate at commencement ceremonies, wearing his robes and board.With appropriate additional study, other careers for the math major include operations research; computation; statistics; information sciences; actuarial science; modeling at the federal, state, and local levels; and interdisciplinary work in medicine, biological sciences, social sciences, business, and economics.

Explore the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook to learn more about Mathematics careers.

Career Skills

A sound mathematical education can enhance your problem-solving abilities, an asset for anyone who plans a career in business or who aspires to leadership in any field. As a result of repeated exposure to mathematical problem-solving, you can learn to select the relevant information in a given situation and to combine it with other known facts to resolve a problem or to achieve a desired goal.

Make the First Move

Start your search here at UAB. To talk about professional opportunities, make an appointment with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the undergraduate advisor.

If you are interested in teaching at the middle school or high school level, explore the UABTeach program, which helps you pair your math major with a teaching certificate.

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Careers in Mathematics

Below you'll find some of the many careers you can pursue with a degree in Mathematics.

Mathematics/Computational Science

  • Modeling and simulation
  • Numerical methods and analysis
  • Statistics and probability
  • Engineering analysis
  • Computer programming
  • Accounting and finance


  • K-12
  • College/University
  • School administration

Banking and Finance

  • Corporate and consumer credit analysis
  • Branch management
  • Financial analysis
  • Capital services and mergers and acquisitions
  • Investment banking


  • E-commerce
  • Actuarial Science
  • Risk management
  • Underwriting
  • Software development
  • Network administration
  • Systems analysis