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Careers and graduate school

Careers and graduate school in mathematics

Students majoring in mathematics learn to think analytically, solve a wide range of cross-disciplinary problems, and communicate clearly. These skills provide the foundation for almost any career. In fact, consider the following:

  • A recent survey from the National Assocation of Colleges and Employers concluded that the top 15 highest-earning college degrees all have one thing in common—math skills.
  • According to the Wall Street Journal, a recent study evaluting 200 professions to determine the best and worst jobs according to five criteria (environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress), concluded that Mathematician was the best job. Morever, the top 3 jobs on the list were
    1. Mathematician
    2. Actuary
    3. Statistician
  • Researchers at determined  a list of the least stressful jobs, and actuary, statistician, and mathematician were among the least-stressful. 

Jobs held by recent mathematics alumni

In recent years Dickinson mathematics majors have gone on to careers in a number of different fields, including those listed below. These are jobs held by Dickinson alumni.

Employer  Position 


Actuarial Analyst

CIGNA Corporation


Cornwall-Lebanon School

Mathematics Teacher

Economists, Inc.

Research Analyst

CRA International, Inc.

Associate - Finance

GSI Commerce

Senior Interactive Marketing Analyst


Senior Financial Analyst

HUDstar Systems

Mechanical CAD Designer

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital

Physician Assistant

Johnson & Johnson

Corporate Internal Auditor

Lancaster Laboratories, Inc

Biochemist Analyst

Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc.

Financial Analyst

US Department of Commerce

Patent Examiner

Other resources

Here are some excellent websites about careers using mathematics:

If you have additional questions, please speak with a faculty member in the department or visit the Dickinson Career Center.