General Information:

  • Math majors develop transferable skills including critical thinking, problem diagnosis and solving, computer skills and quantitative skills.
  • A bachelor’s degree is often sufficient for entry-level positions, but an advanced degree may open the door to more upper-level opportunities. Pair a strong background in mathematics with another technical discipline such as computer science or engineering.
  • Gain experience through volunteering, internships and part-time or summer jobs.
  • Develop competencies in a specific area of interest.
  • Supplement curriculum with courses in business, economics, computers or statistics for increased job opportunities.
  • Maintain a high grade point average. Demonstrate attention to detail and commitment to accuracy.
  • Build relationships with faculty for career information, contacts and letters of recommendation.
  • Join related student professional associations and seek leadership positions.
  • Develop the ability to work well in teams.
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in areas of interest to enhance knowledge and make contacts.
  • Stay informed of new developments and current trends in the field.

Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA Employer.


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