A Career in Mathematics

Strong mathematics skills are a valuable commodity among
high school students. At D’Youville we will help you
build on your strengths and assist you in discovering the
career path that is right for you. Although you know that
you enjoy math, we will help you discover all of the
possibilities a degree in mathematics may offer you.

A mathematics degree presents students with many
opportunities to develop valuable skills that are highly
sought after in the job market: quantitative and problem
solving skills, abstract, analytical, critical and logical
thinking, reasoning, ability to diagnose and fix problems,
oral and written communication skills and creativity.

The most traditional career in mathematics is to become a
teacher. Mathematics teachers are needed at the grade
school, high school and college levels. The BA in
mathematics at D’Youville will fulfill the
undergraduate math requirements for each of these teaching
levels, so that you can decide after you begin your program
which level you feel most comfortable with. You should also
know that a multitude of modern career choices are also
available. In fact, there are several careers in which a
mathematics degree is either required or is the preferred
degree that employers seek. Some careers are more
mathematically oriented, like becoming a mathematician,
statistician, actuary or operations research analyst.
Several opportunities also include business-oriented
careers, for example becoming a marketing, research or
financial analyst.

It is often difficult to pin down a career choice before
entering college. At D’Youville we will offer you the
ability to obtain a BA in Mathematics while affording you
all of these potential career opportunities that you can
discover and prioritize while you pursue your degree, not
necessarily before you enter college.

Remember, graduate schools including medical and law
schools have a selection of undergraduate course work that
they require before admission, they do not have a specific
major that they are seeking. Most professional schools and
universities throughout the United States require a
baccalaureate degree for admission to programs such as
medicine, dentistry and law. Regardless of major, however,
a strong science and math background and a high score on
the appropriate admissions test increase the probability of
acceptance into the professional school of choice.

Try browsing the internet sites in the navigation bar for
some in depth discussion of the career opportunities for
mathematicians from the AMS, the Sloan Foundation, the math
and statistics department at the University of
Saskatchewan, and the math departments at UCSD and Monash
University.