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Mathematics Careers

Hofstra University mathematics majors develop analytic and problem-solving skills that are valued in many professions.

Math majors may consider careers in:

  • Actuarial science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Programming
  • Systems Analysis
  • Telecommunications

Recent graduates have reported getting positions at the following companies:

  • American Advisors Group, Inc.
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • C2 Education
  • Chernoff Diamond
  • College of William and Mary
  • Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Lab
  • Esurance
  • Expeditors
  • FCE Group
  • FDM Group
  • Great Neck School District
  • Guajome Park Academy
  • Holy Cross High School
  • M*Modal
  • Mathnasium
  • Nature's Bounty Co.
  • New York University
  • Stony Brook University
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • Towers Watson
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Massachusetts
  • Valley Stream School District
  • Wealth Management
  • Willis Towers Watson
  • Zebra Technology
  • Zurich North America

Recent graduates are attending graduate school at the following institutions:

  • American University of the Caribbean
  • College of William & Mary
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • CUNY Queens College
  • Lehigh University
  • Mercyhurst University
  • New York University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Rutgers University
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • SUNY Old Westbury
  • SUNY Stony Brook University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Massachusetts
  • Yeshiva University

Among 2016–2017 Hofstra graduates who majored in mathematics, 100% of survey respondents reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in natural sciences and mathematics and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $42,000.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2018 Occupational Outlook Handbook, actuaries, mathematicians and statisticians may earn a median annual wage ranging from $101,560-$81,390 and math educators elementary, middle school teachers, high school teachers, and post-secondary teachers may earn a median annual wage ranging from $56,900–$105,810, depending on their field and years of experience.

Of the 1,453 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2016 and May 2017, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 61% of the 16-17 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and based upon a 32% response rate for undergraduate students. Salary figures only include annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission or any other guaranteed compensation.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety.

More career resources for math majors:

  • Mathematical Sciences Career Information - This site provides nuts-and-bolts information on non-academic employment for mathematicians, including profiles of mathematicians, an index of mathematical applications, and career planning resources.
    Maintained by the AMS, MAA, and SIAM
  • MAA Math Career Resource Center - This site contains profiles of over 20 non-academic mathematicians.
    Maintained by the Mathematical Association of America
  • Careers in Mathematics - Here you will find general information about employment in mathematics.
    Maintained by the American Mathematical Society
  • SCCC: Careers in Mathematics - The Sloan Career Cornerstone Center is an ever-expanding resource for anyone interested in exploring career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing, and healthcare.
    Maintained by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
  • Be an Actuary - Actuaries apply mathematics, statistics, and economics to put a financial value on future events. Learn what actuaries do, who employs them, what they earn, and how to get into the field.
    Maintained by the Casualty Actuarial Society and the Society of Actuaries
  • Society of Actuaries - The Society of Actuaries site includes sample examinations and archives of previous examinations.
    Maintained by the Society of Actuaries
  • Careers in Statistics - "With ... growth in the use of data comes a growing demand for the services of statisticians. ..." This is a very general discussion of possible careers in statistics. It lists the diverse fields in which statisticians work, but contains no practical advice and does not discuss working conditions.
    Maintained by the American Statistical Association
  • The INFORMS Career Booklet - "Is a Career in Operations Research/Management Science Right for You?" This is a comprehensive FAQ for students interested in what operations researchers do, what skills they need, and who hires them. This site includes profiles of a half dozen operations researchers.
    Maintained by INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences)
  • Science, Math, and Engineering Career Resources - This site keeps growing. It now offers an extensive "career library" for current and aspiring Ph.D. mathematicians and scientists. Gain a pragmatic view of the job market from the definitive site.
    Maintained by Geoff Davis
  • The SIAM Report on Mathematics in Industry - This report examines the working environments of non-academic mathematicians holding advanced degrees and the appropriateness of traditional graduate training. One section of potentially broad interest is Applications of Mathematics.
    Maintained by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics