BS in Mathematics: Salary and Career Facts

With a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mathematics, you may be prepared for a job in accounting, actuarial science, financial advising or statistics. To learn more about subjects studied in a bachelor's degree program in mathematics and see a breakdown of salary figures according to job title, read on. Schools offering Mathematics degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Will I Learn in a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Program?

Universities often offer mathematics degree programs with concentrations in a number of areas. Some of these specialties may include computer programming, statistics, life sciences, education and economics. Mathematics is such a diverse topic that some colleges even offer it as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. The difference between a B.A. and a B.S. is that the B.S. is usually focused on the science of math. Some of the subjects you will study during your undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree program are:

  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Numerical analysis
  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Discrete mathematics
  • Probability and statistics
  • Topology

What Can I Do with This Degree?

A strong background in math will prepare you for work in the sciences, education, technology, business and analysis. One career possibility you can consider is to become an actuary. Actuaries use probability and statistics to calculate events and possibilities for individuals and companies. They specialize in risk management and proactively analyze the impact of an event to eliminate financial loss.

Other employment opportunities for you may include a career as a statistician, financial advisor, mathematician or accountant. All of these jobs draw on the skills attained during your degree program and your knowledge of how to use equations to figure out budgets and finances for individuals and businesses. You can also find work with the government, a not-for profit or a commercial agency.

What Can I Earn?

The following table is a list of career opportunities and mean annual salaries for mathematics majors. This May 2009 list was compiled from a survey from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). Some of these careers may require further education, licensure or certification.

CareerSalary
Actuary$97,450
Financial Advisor$94,180
Statistician$75,220
Financial Analyst$85,240
Mathematician$93,920
Budget Analyst$69,240
Accountant$67,430

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