What is Mathematics? Related Career Titles
Related Major Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Resources UNCW Dept. of Mathematics

What is Mathematics?

Mathematics is the study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols. It is a body of related courses concerned with knowledge of measurement, properties, and relations quantities, which can include theoretical or applied studies of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, and calculus.

Mathematicians have an opportunity to make a lasting contribution to society by helping to solve problems in such diverse fields as medicine, management, economics, government, physics, and psychology.

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Related Career Titles

Accountant Contract Administrator  Information Scientist 
Actuary Cost Estimator/Analyst  Inventory Control Spec.
Aerospace Engineer Cryptographer/Cryptologist  Investment Banker 
Air Traffic Controller Data Control Administrator  ISO 2000 Specialist 
Applications Programmer Data Processing Manager  Market Research Analyst 
Applied Science Technologist Database Manager  Mathematician 
Artificial Intelligence Demographer  Media Buyer 
Astronomer  Econometrician  Meteorologist 
Banking/Credit/Invest. Mgr Economist  Mortgage Researcher 
Biometrician/ Biostatistician  EDP Auditor  Network Programmer 
Commodity Manager  Employee Relations Numerical Analyst
Compensation/Benefits Adm Engineer  Operations Research Analyst 
Computer Consultant  Engineering Lab Technician  Physicist 
Computer Engineer  Environmental Technologist Pollution Meteorologist 
Computer Facilities Mgr  Estate Planner  Production Manager 
Computer Installation External Auditor  Production Support
Computer Marketing Rep Financial Auditor  Psychometrician 
Computer Programmer  Financial Consultant  Public Health Statistician
Computer Scientist  Financial Manager  Purchasing/Contract Agent 
Computer-Aided Design Tech. Hydro Geologist  Quality Assurance Analyst 
Loan/Credit Officer  Hydrologist  Rate Analyst 
Cartographer Software Engineer  Teacher 
Research Analyst Software Support Specialist  Technical Support Rep.
Risk & Insurance Specialist  Statistician  Technical Writer 
Risk Analyst  Systems Analyst Transportation Planner 
Robotics Programmer  Systems Engineer  Treasury Management Spec.
Satellite Communications Systems Programmer  Underwriter 
Software Developer Urban Planner  Value Engineer
Industrial/Institutional Buyer Mathematics Editor Weight Analyst

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Related Major Skills

Problem solving Organizational skills Numerical computation
Ability to analyze & interpret data Critical thinking Computer literacy
Logical thinking Team skills Efficient
Systemizing skills Advanced quantitative skills Testing skills

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Job & Internship Search Links

SeaWork (be sure to check out these links also in SeaWork: CareerShift,,, and GoinGlobal)

Job Search Resources

American Mathematical  Society undergraduate resources

Math Jobs

Jobs for Mathematics

Jobs in Computational Fluid Dynamics

NC State Government Research & Statistics


Internships and Co-ops

National Security Agency Careers

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

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Career Planning Links

Candid Career Videos

Occupational Outlook Handbook

O*NET OnLine

NC Tower

Mathematical Assocation of America

Cool Math: careers in math

Careers in Math

Association for Women in Mathematics

Math Archives

Women in Nasa

Mathematics of Cartography

PLUS Magazine (math journal) - great descriptions of job options

Careers in Science & Engineering- A Student Planning Guide to Grad School and Beyond

Career Fields

Internships at NASA

Sloan Career Cornerstone Center - Career planning resources in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing and healthcare.

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Professional Association Links

American Mathematical Society

Association of Women in Math

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

American Statistical Association

Mathematical Association of America

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

IEEE Computer Society

Intelligent Information Systems



US Census Bureau

Computing Research Association

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Miscellaneous Resources

Mathematics on the Web

"Notices of the American Mathematical Society: What Do Mathematicians Do?"

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