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Career opportunities

Every year, we invite math alumni to address our graduates. They come from all walks of life, from musicians to software engineers, and they all say the same thing: their math degree has always proved useful to them.

"It gives a great basis for almost everything," says Professor Jeannette Janssen. "Mathematics is the language of technology, the language of science."

Our Mathematics Program prepares you for four main career paths in mathematics:

  • Applied and Computational Mathematics for careers in science, government and industry.
  • Pure Mathematics for careers at academic institutions.
  • Actuarial and Financial Mathematics for careers in the insurance, business and financial sectors.
  • Mathematics Education for careers in teaching at the secondary school level.

Having a good understanding of mathematics benefits you in ways that you may not expect. Mathematicians find careers in diverse fields. They use theory, computational techniques, algorithms and the latest technology to solve economic, engineering, physics or business problems. Mathematics solves many practical, everyday problems in business and government, from streamlining a manufacturing process to calculating the effectiveness of a new drug.

“You get a lot of good training that is useful, and skills that are transferable to other types of jobs. It’s a good solid degree in terms of education,” says University Research Professor of mathematics, Alan Coley.

Future career opportunities include:

  • Teaching
  • Actuarial Science
  • Computer engineers, analysts,
  • Operations researcher - improving management and operational systems in corporations
  • Biomathematics
  • Cryptography
  • Finance
  • Management