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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

Actuary Loan Officer/Trust Officer
Biomathematical Researcher Management Consultant
Computer Systems Analyst Underwriter
Cost Analyst Market Researcher/Analyst
Data Base Manager Mathematician
Demographic Analyst Methods Analyst
Distribution Analyst New Products Testing Specialist
Econometrist Operations Research Analyst
Economic Forecaster Professor/Instructor/Teacher
Economic Research Analyst Quality Assurance Technician
Engineering Support Technician Statistician (Mathematical)
Industrial Engineer  

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 and software.

Places of Employment

Aerospace industries Government agencies
Brokerage firms Insurance companies
Colleges and universities Machinery industry
Commercial and regional banks Manufacturing firms
Communications industry Market research firms
Consulting firms Public utilities
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) 827-3631.

Supplemental Material

The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.

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