Math Careers & Alumni

A mathematics degree develops the analytical and problem-solving skills that employers love and prepares you for a variety of fields.

What can you do with a Mathematics degree?

It’s a question students often ask, which is why we’ve made career advising a cornerstone of our program and encourage our students to start thinking about life after college.

The future is bright when it comes to math-related jobs. As businesses and government agencies rely more heavily on analyzing big data, these positions are expected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026 (approximately 50,400 new jobs)—a rate much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

With math majors in high demand, we help our students understand the versatility of a math degree and explore vast career options through advising, activities, and courses.

We focus on the job search process, too, providing practical and useful career-related skills. One course, for example, covers resume writing and includes a mock interview and connects every student with an alumni mentor. Other alumni visit Humboldt to talk about what they do now and how they use math in their careers. The Academic & Career Advising Center is another resource to help students succeed now and in the future.

In the end, students leave our program with more than a degree. They’re equipped to think critically and analytically, making them competitive in the workforce and prepared to pursue a higher degree.

Related Job Titles

Here are a few examples of what you can do with a Mathematics degree. Many of these jobs could be entry level or might require more education, depending on the company, job description, etc.

Data analyst
Director of Business Operations
Mathematics instructor
Campaign Manager
Testing product engineer
Math teacher (K-12)
Business analyst
Financial analyst
Budget analyst

Actuarial Assistant
Actuarial Associate
Computer scientist
Electronic commerce specialist
Research associate
Technical staff
Scientific systems programmer


Requires more education and/or experience:

Head of Strategy and Innovation
Data scientist
Lead data scientist
Principal data scientist
Data engineer
Senior scientist - data & modeling
System analyst
Lead system analyst

Scientific software engineer
Industrial engineer
Senior analyst
Research scientist
R&D Project management
Marine research associate
Chief financial officer
Project manager

Marketable Skills

Communication: ability to understand and communicate complex concepts; able to speak and cooperate with and and defend ideas; creating coherent mathematical, quantitative and analytical arguments

Technical skills: using complex data to theorize outcomes; evaluate alternative solutions; modeling and simulation; performing and evaluating feasibility studies; familiarity or in-depth experience with computing

Problem-solving: analytical and logical thinking; ability to solve complex, real-world problems; working knowledge and ability to use logical constructions

Organizational skills: planning and managing projects; working effectively and coordinating tasks; integrating different approaches to projects; attention to detail; discipline to work through challenging problems, ability to stay on task; conceptualizing organizational frameworks for complex, multi-step processes