What Can You Do With A Math Degree?

Mathematicians are in demand

Mathematicians are known as creative and disciplined analytical thinkers who bring value to many areas of business, industry, government, finance, insurance, and education. Earning a math undergraduate degree helps you develop skills in reasoning, modeling, and problem solving. You also learn to communicate with clarity and precision.

When earning an undergraduate math degree you gain transferable skills applicable to a wide range of careers. You are also well prepared to go on to graduate or professional school. Our graduate students delve deeper into high-level math, anticipating careers in statistics, medicine, law, the natural sciences, education, or mathematical research.

Where do our graduates go after college?

Mathematics undergraduates are valued by many different industries. Here are some examples of fields our recent graduates have entered after college.


Data is everywhere now, and organizations like companies, hospitals, and government agencies are trying to figure out how to use data to help make decisions. "Analyst" is the most common first job title of Indiana University Bloomington math graduates. They work in diverse fields, including energy, finance, healthcare, insurance, and marketing.


The future is uncertain, and therefore risky. Accidents and other unforeseen events happen suddenly. Actuaries help manage this risk for insurance companies and other businesses and government agencies. Actuaries must qualify by passing a series of several exams over several years.

Actuaries must qualify by passing a series of several exams over several years. An actuarial career demands an ability to analyze data, with strong capabilities in statistics and probability.

Recent graduates working in this area accepted jobs with AllState, CNO Financial, Ernst & Young, Mercer, OneAmerica, and other companies.

Learn more about the actuarial profession

Information technology (IT)

It might surprise you that you don't have to have a computer science degree to work in IT. Software and database developers today build very complex systems out of pieces of code that are already written. The abstract reasoning and representation skills you develop while studying math is good training for this type of work. Recent graduates working in this area went to jobs at Amazon, General Motors (automotive), Epic Systems (healthcare IT), Kohl’s (retailer), Northwestern Mutual (insurance), among other companies.


There is a serious shortage of qualified math teachers in the United States today. You don’t need a major from the School of Education to become a math teacher. With an undergraduate degree in mathematics, one route to licensure is a Transition to Teaching program. Other routes are competitive programs such as the Woodrow Wilson fellowship and Teach for America. Many large cities and universities have local versions of these programs, such as the Indianapolis Teaching Fellows. Some states, including Indiana, allow other routes to licensure.

Point of entry for many careers

Besides these general professional categories, other recent IUB math grads have gone on to join the Air Force, the Peace Corps, and other government and NGO organizations. They found jobs with startups and non-profits, in the aerospace industry, teaching dance, and in publishing.

Still others continue their education in graduate programs in mathematics, medicine, statistics, quantitative finance, financial engineering, and many others fields.

Find more information about Career Prep in the Math Major Guides