Mathematics


The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a BA, BS, and a minor, as well as a MA and PhD in Mathematics.  A major in mathematics prepares one for a wide range of life experiences. For mathematical research in the sciences, a doctoral degree is generally required. Lesser degrees, however, may prepare one for numerous career paths as well.

Mathematics Department website

Sample of Related Skills

  • Demonstrate depth of knowledge in the core content areas of the discipline  
     
  • Apply content knowledge to solve complex mathematical problems  
     
  • Demonstrate ability to construct rigorous logical arguments  
     
  • Communicate mathematical ideas orally and/or in writing  
     
  • Apply technology tools to solve problems  

Popular Career Paths

Scientific Research: Focuses on researching and analyzing data on all types of topics related to the scientific world.

Education: Allows you the ability to utilize the knowledge you have gained from your academic studies and research and then be able to communicate this information in such a way that can be taught in an academic setting.

Insurance/Business:  Very focused career field where actuaries and underwriters rely on mathematical data to help insurance companies set risk pools and prices. This career field gives you business skills which you would otherwise not get with a mathematics degree.

Statistics: A broad career path that utilizes your strengths in applied and theoretical mathematics. You can analyze data from the business, health, government, medicine, and academia fields to make this information more user friendly for the individuals in each field. Communication skills are very important in this line of work.

Software Programming: Writes programs for all types of companies to help them market their brand with images and graphics. Having a computer based background is also very important in this career path. 

Explore More Career Paths

  • American Statistical Organization - Offers many resources for the statistician occupation including many career resources on what exactly you do within the profession 
     
  • Be an Actuary - Offers many links to information on the career of an actuary 
     
  • Career in Mathematics - Offers several links to all the different types of careers one can receive from a mathematics major 
     
  • Casualty Actuarial Society - Career center for the actuary career profession where you can get tips within the profession as well as explore job boards that are posted 
     
  • Mathematical Association of America - Several links that lead to the many different careers that mathematics majors may explore 
     
  • Society of Actuaries - Links for applicants, recruiters, and interns to find valuable information on the career of an actuary 

Jobs to Consider

Places to Seek Employment

  • Banks
  • City Utilities
  • Computer Firms
  • Consulting Firms 
  • Federal, State & Local Government Agencies
  • Financial Firms 
  • Insurance Companies
  • Investment Firms
  • Large Corporate Companies
  • Market Research Companies
  • Military Branches
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Public and Private High Schools
  • Public & Private Universities
  • Research Institutions
  • Science Based Companies
  • Science Labs
  • Stock Brokerage Firms
  • Web Based Companies 

Job and Internship Search Resources


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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
     
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
     
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information. 
     
  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field. 
     
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
     
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
     
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
     
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
     
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
     
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.