Specialized Study in Mathematics
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Overview
Any program in mathematics not specifically listed by the us department of education.
Highlights
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($90K) with a Bachelor's Degree: Johns Hopkins University
Career with the highest median salary ($138K) where most workers have a Bachelor's Degree: Computer Network Architects
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Careers for program graduates
Specialized study in mathematics majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Elementary and Middle School S...Postsecondary TeachersSoftware DevelopersSecondary School TeachersSpecialized ManagersComputer ProgrammersComputer and Information Syste...Computer Systems AnalystsActuariesManagement AnalystsAccountants and AuditorsMathematical ScientistsFinancial ManagersChief executives and legislato...Specialized Computer Occupatio...Education and childcare admini...Lawyers, and judges, magistrat...PhysiciansFirst-Line Supervisors of Non-...Computer User Support Speciali...First-Line Supervisors of Reta...
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Current completions
What level of degree do most graduates achieve, and do they match what your goals?
0200400600Associate's DegreeBachelor's DegreeMaster's DegreeResearch Doctorate
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Completions over time
Have completions for mathematics changed over time? Increasing completions may mean you'll likely have an easier time finding a school that offers this degree, with the opposite being true as well.
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Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in specialized study in mathematics doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer a degree in the field mathematics, which includes specialized study in mathematics.
Median starting salaries
$44K$53K$0$50K$100KMaster'sBachelor's
Median cumulative loan amount
$22K$0$10K$20K$30KBachelor's
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Context: median salaries
How does the median (middle) salary for mathematics majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
$74K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Distribution: mathematics majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's inmathematics by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
$80K$65K$85K$94K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KBachelor'sMaster'sDoctorateProfessional
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in mathematics
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 51% of mathematics majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of mathematics majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 85% of other fields.
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Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
23%45%31%0%20%40%60%80%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional
Careers
Top careers for those with a degree in mathematics
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics (which combines 4 programs), though may not be limited to just those with a bachelor’s.
  1. Elementary and Middle School School Teachers
  2. Postsecondary Teachers
  3. Software Developers
  4. Secondary School Teachers
  5. Specialized Managers
  6. Computer Programmers
  7. Computer and Information Systems Managers
  8. Computer Systems Analysts
  9. Actuaries
  10. Management Analysts
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Careers for mathematics majors
Where do mathematics majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in mathematics
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by mathematics graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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Elementary and Middl...Postsecondary Teache...Software DevelopersSecondary School Tea...Specialized ManagersComputer ProgrammersComputer and Informa...Computer Systems Ana...ActuariesManagement AnalystsAll othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
What careers hire mathematics majors as one of their top 10?
To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire mathematics majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by mathematics majors.
MathematicsAll other degreesActuariesMathematical ScientistsComputer and Information ...Computer ProgrammersSecondary School TeachersPostsecondary TeachersDatabase administrators a...Software Quality Assuranc...Software DevelopersOperations Research Analy...Computer Systems AnalystsComputer and Information ...Specialized Computer Occu...EconomistsBudget AnalystsFinancial and Investment ...Astronomers and physicist...Computer User Support Spe...Computer Hardware Enginee...Credit AnalystsAtmospheric and Space Sci...All other careersDegreeDegree in top 10 employed
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer specialized study in mathematics degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
Understanding the columns

The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Careers for mathematics majors
mathematics is part of a larger collection of programs: Mathematics and Statistics. Is there a different program that's close to mathematics that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in specialized study in mathematics earned in the last academic year, 46% were women.
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
38%62%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Context: Percentage women
This major has a lower percentage of women than 60% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
$81K$65K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity
For mathematics graduates, men have a 25% higher median salary than women, This is high: 75% of programs have graduates with lower salary inequities.
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Race/Origin
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all specialized study in mathematics graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 97% of other programs.
Race/Origin
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Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
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Have completions by race/origin changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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American Indian
Asian
Hispanic
Pacific Islander
Black
White
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a higher percentage of graduates than in 88% of other programs.