Mathematician was recently ranked as a top career choice!
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for mathematicians are expected to grow 23% between 2012 and 2022, and the median annual wage was $101,360 in 2012.
Mathematicians are coveted for their abstract thinking and problem-solving skills. Math majors are often hired by engineering firms and the government but are also employed in industries such as actuarial science, business, computing, economics, finance, and law.
At Widener, undergraduates who major in mathematics study both pure and applied mathematics. This double thrust of the program gives students knowledge of abstract mathematics and the ability to apply it to the various fields where mathematics is used.
Recommended for students considering graduate study, this option includes a broad overview of the different areas of mathematics–including algebra, analysis, geometry, topology, and statistics–while also allowing for students to pursue a minor in a second area of interest such as physics or economics.
Secondary Mathematics Education Track
This option includes the mathematics and education courses necessary for certification to teach mathematics at the secondary level. Widener also offers a master's degree in mathematics education for those students already possessing an undergraduate degree and interested in obtaining mathematics certification.
Mathematics and Computer Science
This option is recommended for students interested in applying the abstract and logical ideas of mathematics to the practical area of computer science. Some potential careers include working for the government, the software industry, or the financial services industry.
Widener gave me the necessary technical background in mathematics, with a strong liberal arts foundation. Aside from helping to differentiate myself from others in my field, I feel that the well-rounded education I received has made me generally more content in life.
- Computer programmer
- Financial analyst
- Financial officer
- Secondary mathematics teacher
- Software engineer
- University professor
Mathematicians ranked among the more highly compensated employees in the 2014 Jobs Rated report. The field also has a positive outlook for continued future growth.