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:

  • Astoria Portfolio Advisors
  • Bloomberg LP
  • Chernoff Diamond
  • Denver Public Schools, Math Fellows Program
  • Goral Trading Company, LLC
  • MarketSource
  • Mass Mutual Financial Group
  • PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Utica National Insurance

Recent graduates are attending graduate school at the following institutions:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Hofstra University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Penn State University
  • Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Temple University
  • Tufts University
  • Universidad Internacional de Valencia
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Denver

Among 2019–2020 Hofstra graduates who majored in natural sciences and mathematics, 93% 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 $51,000.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook, actuaries, mathematicians and statisticians may earn a median annual wage ranging from $111,030-$93,290 and elementary, middle school teachers, high school teachers, and postsecondary teachers may earn a median annual wage ranging from $60,660–$80,560, depending on their field and years of experience.

Alumni outcomes data is based on the results of Hofstra’s annual Alumni Outcomes Survey and other reliable sources. Of the 1,425 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2019-May 2020, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 69% of the 2019-2020 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and are based upon a 47% response rate for full-time employed undergraduate survey respondents. 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 nonacademic 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 nonacademic 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

Mathematics Major Career Paths - Explore career paths and learn more about your career options as a mathematics major.
Maintained by Zippia

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)

The SIAM Report on Mathematics in Industry - This report examines the working environments of nonacademic 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