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Mathematics: Career Potential

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:

  • New York City Teaching Fellows
  • Zurich North America
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Great Neck School District
  • Esurance
  • American Advisors Group, Inc.
  • East Meadow School District
  • FDM Group
  • Hicksville School District
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps
  • Nature's Bounty Co.
  • Valley Stream School District
  • Zebra Technology

Recent graduates are attending graduate school at the following institutions:

  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Binghamton University
  • Lehigh University
  • American University of the Caribbean
  • College of William and Mary
  • CUNY Queens College
  • Hofstra University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Massachusetts

Among 2015-2016 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 mathematics and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $40,000.

Outcomes are based on the 65% of 2015-2016 HCLAS undergraduate degree recipients who responded to a survey or for whom data was gathered from LinkedIn within one year of graduation, not the total number of graduates, and may not be representative of the total graduating population. The career outcomes rate includes those employed (full-time or part-time) and not employed but attending graduate school (full-time or part-time) next semester.
All data must meet a test of data integrity. The average salary reported is determined by the level at which data may be deemed reliable (University-wide, school, division or department).

Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by graduates and are based upon a 36% response rate for graduates. Salary figures vary from year-to-year based upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to, market conditions as well as the number of graduates reporting salary information to us. In addition, please note that these figures are based solely on information that is self-reported to us by our graduates, and the salary data provided is based on the accuracy and completeness of the information provided by our graduates to us. 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.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook, actuaries, mathematicians, statisticians, elementary, middle school, high school teachers, and post-secondary teachers may earn a median annual wage ranging from $55,490-$105,810, depending on their field and years of experience.

More Career-Related 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 Online: Career Profiles - 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 Web 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