Career Outlook

Futures of Mathematical Sciences Graduates Are Bright

Picture a career in urban design, planning the model for tomorrow’s new green city; as an animator, bringing the next great animated film to the big screen; on an engineering team, developing tomorrow’s robotics; or as a cryptographer, writing code to protect sensitive data. Math in one form or another is everywhere and immersed in practically every industry, which means that career opportunities for a graduate of Mathematical Sciences have never looked better.

Graduates with a degree in Mathematical Sciences are in high demand in the workplace. According to a 2011 article in the Wall Street Journal, using data from the Department of Labor and the U.S. Census Bureau, following are the top five desirable careers based on income, working environment, stress, physical demands, and job outlook:

2011 Top 5 Careers
1. Software Engineer
2. Mathematician
3. Actuary
4. Statistician
5. Computer Systems Analyst
Source: Wall Street Journal

As mathematics and statistics are everywhere, so are WPI’s Mathematical Sciences graduates. With WPI’s unique project-based model combining theoretical learning with practical application, as well as teamwork and collaboration between students and faculty working on well-funded research projects, graduates are well prepared to face the challenges of the 21st century. Not surprisingly, alumni occupy important roles across a diversity of industries in addition to academia. Some areas:

  • Insurance and finance
  • Healthcare
  • Computer science
  • Physiological and biological sciences
  • Aerospace and transportation
  • Most engineering fields
  • Architecture and urban planning

In addition to the global network of WPI alumni and the highly regarded services of WPI’s Career Development Center, Mathematical Sciences students and alumni have access to a network of departments across the country, which provides job profiles of recent graduates to the American Mathematical Society. The AMS Early Career Profile Network helps students, counselors, teachers, and faculty members learn more about career opportunities available to undergraduate mathematical sciences majors. Additional information on careers and employment information in mathematics may be found at the Mathematical Association of America and the American Statistical Association.