What Can I Do With My Mathematics Major?

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Mathematics

Mathematics impacts all aspects of our lives, from the prices we pay for groceries at our local supermarket to identifying weaknesses in cell phone security.  The study of mathematics involves both abstract reasoning and practical application.  The person who obtains a degree in mathematics possess knowledge and skills that are applicable in a wide range of career areas, not just those with a strict math focus.  Mathematics is used to solve problems in business, economics, engineering, science, and more.

Mathematics is one of NHTI’s programs in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  According to the US Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are expected to grow by 17% through 2018 and STEM workers command earnings 26% more than their counterparts in non-STEM occupations.  STEM jobs grew 7.9% from 2000 to 2008, for example, while non-STEM jobs grew just 2.6% during that time.  Also, STEM workers earn more, from 12 – 60% more, than their counterparts with similar levels of education.

Visit NHTI’s Mathematics Department for information on degree and course offerings.

Career Paths for This Major

When you graduate with this major, you will have varied career options that depend upon your specific interests, abilities, work values, and experience in the field.  Some key considerations include the nature of your math interests (abstract or concrete) and the extent to which you wish to emphasize math in your career.  Some careers — like actuary, operations research analyst, or statistician — have a heavy math focus.  Other careers use math in combination with skills and knowledge from another area, such as computers, medicine, education, and business.  The information and links below are meant to help you begin to consider and explore a broad spectrum of math-related career possibilities.

Skills Developed Through This Major

  • problem solving;
  • flexibility;
  • abstract and logical thinking;
  • programming skills;
  • attention to detail;
  • ability to work independently;
  • reasoning ability;
  • numerical analysis, interpretation, and application.

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Sample Career Titles

These titles include positions that you may qualify for with this associate’s degree:

  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Coordinator
  • Bank Teller
  • Computer Technician
  • Insurance Sales Person
  • Accounts Payable and Receivable Clerk
  • Math Tutor

These positions require a bachelor’s degree and beyond:

  • Accountant
  • Actuary
  • Applied Mathematician
  • Appraiser
  • Astronomer
  • Auditor
  • Budget Officer
  • Buyer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Administrator
  • Cost Estimator
  • Economist
  • Engineer
  • Engineering Technician
  • Financial Advisor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Environmental Scientist/Specialist
  • Market Researcher
  • Math Professor (Post-Secondary)
  • Math Teacher (K – 8 or Secondary)
  • Math Technician
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Physicist
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Real Estate Appraiser
  • Software Designer/Developer
  • Statistician
  • Surveyor
  • Systems Analyst
  • Tax Administrator
  • Technical Writer
  • Underwriter

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Sample Employers

  • Hospitals
  • Aerospace Industry
  • Computer Hardware and Software Firms
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Engineering Firms  Insurance Agencies
  • Research and Development Firms
  • State and Federal Government
  • Banks and Financial Investment Firms
  • Business and Industry
  • Technical Journals
  • Utilities Companies
     

Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers

There are four key ways to explore your favorite career interests…through reading, through speaking with those in the know, through observing and through doing.  Use the link(s) below to begin exploring major related careers through ‘reading’.  Go to the Exploring Career Interests link to get tips on all four key exploration strategies.

The following occupations may need additional skills and academic coursework.

Additional sources of information for this major include:

  • NHTI Faculty, Academic Advisors, and Environmental Science Department resources.
  • Professionals who are working in the field
  • Professional Associations (see below)

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How to Increase Employability

  • Become an active student member of college, community, or professional associations, which helps you build leadership skills and promote connecting (networking) with fellow professionals.
  • Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through part-time, full-time and summer employment/internship positions related to your targeted field.
  • Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.

Professional Association Links

Professionals who do work related to this major belong to these associations.  You can use the links below to do career research and to connect with local association members.  You may also be able to join an association of interest, at a reduced rate, as a student member. 

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Employment and Internship Links

Search job posting sites for employment opportunities related to this major (including our own homegrown NHTI job posting site – see the first link).

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Valerie LaVoice
Mathematics
Department Head

(603) 271-6484 x4231
vlavoice@ccsnh.edu

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