What can I do with a Math Major?
Essays from 101 people using their math in different ways.
"Most of the writers in this volume use the mathematical sciences on a daily basis in their work; others rely on the general problem-solving skills acquired in their mathematics courses as they deal with complex issues." p. 1Two Major Themes
"Mathematics is a vast field, populated with thousands of job titles you have never heard before." p. 45.
"Applications, problem solving, and reasoning are some of the elements that bind most math jobs." p. xii.
Communication to relate the results of using these skills to people who want answers to their problems, but lack these skills to solve the problems.
Essays from women about how they use their math training.
"In today’s competitive world, a good education is a necessity. By combining that education with a strong background in math and logic, you are ready for any career." p. vii
"One of the most important things a technical education can do is teach students how to learn what they will need to know when they change from one field to another." p. 106
Essays from 20 people about their jobs.
"Mathematicians have the best jobs! Mathematicians have virtually an unlimited number of career opportunities!" p. 1
Marketable Math Skills
The SIAM Report on Mathematics in Industry found that the most important traits of nonacademic mathematicians are:
- Problem solving: Skill in formulating, modeling, and solving problems from diverse and changing areas
- Flexibility: Interest in, knowledge of, and flexibility across applications
- Computation: Knowledge of and experience with computation
- Communication: Communication skills, spoken and written
- Teamwork: Adeptness at working with colleagues
The Mathematical Moments program promotes appreciation and understanding of the role mathematics plays in science, nature, technology, and human culture.
Math Awareness Month
What Can I Do with a Major In …?
How to Choose and Use Your College Major
The Occupational Thesaurus. What Can I do with a Major in …?
Dictionary of Occupational titles
Occupational Outlook Handbook
On-line book reviews to see how math relates to other fields
Resources as computer programs:
math vignettes at
Professional societies have information on their particular occupation