Careers

Information and Advice

This short listing provides an overview of some important resources, mainly for students. For further resources (including listings of scholarships), see the pages for K–12 students, undergraduates, graduate students, mathematical scientists and educators, parents and teachers
  • American Mathematical Society guide to online resources for high school students is a short printable brochure that includes information about career choices and uses of mathematics.
  • Short video and career information from WeUseMath.org on uses of mathematics. 
  • The careers section of the Mathematical Association of America describes popular careers that involve mathematics with links to further information about each. A book published by the MAA describes 101 Careers in Mathematics
  • The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics has a 21-page brochure called Careers in Applied Mathematics . . . Alternatives to Academia for STEM Majors with descriptions of careers, profiles of people in those careers, and further resources. 
  • The American Statistical Association has a 20-page brochure called Careers in Statistics: A World of Opportunity describing what statistics is, how it is used in various occupations, how to become a statistician, and further resources. 
  • Career Planning Resources for Mathematics from the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center has sections tailored to students from middle school to graduate school, counselors, parents, teachers, and graduates.
  • Information about careers, education, and salary for mathematics teachers by state from http://www.mathteacheredu.org.
  • The Mathematical Sciences in 2025 is a report from the National Research Council that reviews the current state of the mathematical sciences in the United States and makes recommendations for the future in light of the increasingly cross-disciplinary nature of the mathematical sciences

Profiles: Mathematical Careers

  • Careers That Count is a short booklet produced by AWM in 1991 that profiles women with careers in the mathematical sciences and gives a list of books with further information about mathematics and mathematical people. 
  • Women in Statistics is a 1-page guide to information about careers in statistics from the American Statistical Association. 
  • Winning essays about women with careers in mathematics from the AWM essay contest.
  • The Girls' Angle Bulletin is a bimonthly magazine that contains interviews with 
  • The Mathematical Association of America’s Career Profiles page has links to profiles of people in different mathematical careers from Academic & Teaching to Sales & Marketing. Its brochure We Do Math! describes eight non-academic careers that use mathematics
  • The SACNAS biography project is designed as a resource for K–12 educators who are interested in teaching their students about the accomplishments of Chicano/Latino and Native American scientists. 
  • Women@NASA has profiles of women who work at NASA and links to career information 

For further information, see the pages for K–12 students, undergraduates, graduate students, and mathematical scientists and educators.

Job Ads

Note the advice given in the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics brochure, "There are many jobs in industry for mathematicians, but they don’t always have the word 'math' in the job title."