Overview

Applied mathematics is a program that focuses on the application of mathematics and statistics to the solution of functional problems in fields such as engineering and the applied sciences. includes instruction in natural phenomena modeling continuum mechanics, reaction-diffusion, wave propagation, dynamic systems, numerical analysis, controlled theory, asymptotic methods, variation, optimization theory, inverse problems, and applications to specific scientific and industrial topics.

Current award levels

Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in applied mathematics at each level last year.

People with this bachelor's degree have gone to work in these careers

Applied 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.

Bachelor's Degree

Master's Degree

Professional Deg/Doct

Doctorate

Race/origin of recent graduates

Here is an overview of race/origin for all applied mathematics graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 94% of other programs.

Race/Origin

White

Black

Pacific Islander

Hispanic

Asian

American Indian

Multiracial

Not Reported

International

Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates

Minority students comprise a higher percentage of graduates than in 80% of other programs.

Gender

Of all people with any degree in applied mathematics earned in the last academic year, 36% were women.

Gender

Men

Women

Context: Percentage women

This is a lower percentage of women than 68% of other programs.

Salary

The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in applied mathematics, which includes applied mathematics (which unfortunately has the same name) and 18 other programs.

Context: Median Salary

People with a degree in applied mathematics have a median salary of $88,345.

Context: Benefit of a master's

About 52% of these bachelor's graduates also have a graduate degree, perhaps in a different field. Salaries improved by approximately 15% over those holding only the bachelor's degree for those with subsequent graduate degrees.

Employment

As with our salary data, this data applies to all
who earned a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics, which consists of
19 programs.

Context: Unemployment Rate

With an unemployment rate of 4.2%, this degree's majors who are in the workforce are less likely than the bachelor's graduates of 66% other fields to be employed.

Context: Self Employed Workers

About 5% of workers who
earned a bachelor's in applied mathematics are self-employed.

Top careers

Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics (which combines 19 programs), perhaps followed by additional education in any field. There is a fun exploration of related degrees and careers under Explore Careers below.

Similar programs

Following are related programs, ordered by those with the highest number of completions. You can explore a full list in the last section for programs below.

Staring Salaries and College Debt by Award

How are students who recently completed a degree in Applied Mathematics doing?

New data from College Scorecard gives us a glimpse into the earnings and debt for recent graduates in their first year or two after leaving school. Shown is the distribution of the medians reported for all schools with graduates in the given program/award level.

Starting salaries by award level

Median cumulative federal loan amount

SOURCES:2019 College Scorecard

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Salary and Employment for Majors

Understanding this data

This section's data applies to people with a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics

Employment overview

Percentage of applied mathematics bachelor's graduates who are working

Does getting a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics lead to a secure job? The donut chart shows the percentage applied mathematics majors who are working along with a broad view of where they work. We note:

- Self-employed workers include those working in a family-owned business.
- Government workers can be in local, state or federal governments.

Technically, about 16.8% of applied mathematics graduates are currently not working. However, only 4.2% are classified as "unemployed," while 12.6% are "not in the workforce." Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing whether people are out of the workforce for personal reasons or because they have been unable to find work for an extended period.

Percentage working by type of employer

Government

Federal government

State government

Local government

Self-employed

Self Emp. Incoporated

Self Emp. Not Incorp.

Private not-for-profit

Private for-profit

total

Context: Unemployment rates

This chart lets you see whether applied mathematics majors have better unemployment rates than bachelor's graduates from other fields. In the shaded box plot, the percentage of unemployed with this degree is shown in blue, along with the distribution of the percentage of unemployed graduates for each bachelor's degree field.

SOURCES:2017 ACS microdata

Salary overview

Typical salaries for applied mathematics majors

How does the median (middle) salary for applied mathematics majors compare to the median salaries for other majors? The chart below compares the median salaries for all bachelor's graduates by major. Here and everywhere that we discuss salary, we limit the population to those with bachelor's degrees who report working at least 35 hours a week and are aged 65 and younger.

Context: median salaries

Distribution: Salaries by Employer

Above we compared the median salaries earned across college majors. Now we'll view the full salary range for applied mathematics majors. The charts below show the full distribution of salaries for this degree alone, with a look at how the type of employer might affect that salary. This salary includes all people who may also have received graduate education in this or any field. You can tease out the importance of graduate education in the last tab in the section.

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

SOURCES:2017 ACS microdata

The battle of the sexes

Gender and success for applied mathematics majors

The donut chart shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics. In the graphs that follow, we'll explore how these percentages compare to other bachelor's holders, and we'll also investigate the impact of gender on pay.

Gender

Men (66%)

Women (34%)

Context: Gender representation

How does the gender balance change according to college major? In the chart below, we see that applied mathematics has more men than most other degrees.

Distribution: salaries by gender

The chart below shows the distribution of salaries by gender of applied mathematics majors who are working 35 or more hours and are 65 or younger. If salaries are balanced for men and women, the blue and pink bars will be about the same. Many programs' graduates struggle with men's wages higher at all points of the salary distribution, including significantly higher top salaries.

Context: Salary inequity

For applied mathematics graduates, men generally earn 16% more than women. This is better than many: 82% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.

SOURCES:2017 ACS microdata

Age and Advancement

Insights from the ages of applied mathematics bachelor's-holders

The ages of people in the US with a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics can give us a hint about whether this degree is in-fashion or out-of-fashion. A higher percentage of older people with a degree suggests that newer degree options have edged out this degree for recent graduates. Likewise, a higher percentage of younger people with a degree may suggest that this degree has become more popular in recent years.

Careeer Advancement

What entry-level pay should you expect in your first job, and is the mid-level pay significantly higher? Below we see salary distributions by age group for applied mathematics graduates who are working 35 or more hours weekly. Is there room for advancement in careers that stem from this degree?

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

SOURCES:2017 ACS microdata

Need for higher degrees

Is a bachelor's degree all you need?

Can applied mathematics majors earn a high salary without obtaining a graduate degree? Below, we dive into the prevalence of graduate degrees for applied mathematics majors, and we explore how much a graduate degree can be expected to increase salaries. Among all applied mathematics completions reported last year, 99% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 31% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in applied mathematics

0-1 Year Certificate

1-2 Year Certificate

2-4 Year Certificate

Associate's Degree

Bachelor's Degree

Postbaccalaureate Cert

Master's Degree

Post-master's Cert

Professional Deg/Doct

Research Doctorate

Other Doctorate

Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree

The donut shows the degree levels awarded in applied mathematics today. Now we'll use American Community Survey (ACS) data and look at all workers in the US who majored in applied mathematics when in college.

We know that about 52% applied mathematics majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (but we do not know the graduate field of study). The percentage of applied mathematics majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 78% of other fields.

Distribution: applied mathematics majors' salaries by education level

We saw above that 52% earned a graduate degree after earning a bachelor's in applied mathematics, but was this necessary for earning a good salary? We can see this answer in two ways. First, we can see the salary distribution for people with a bachelor's in applied mathematics by their highest education attained. Remember, we only know the field for the bachelor's degree; the graduate degree can be in any field.

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Context: Percentage boost obtained with a graduate degree

The second way that we can explore the impact of higher education on salary is to compare median salaries for workers with each level of education. We measure the percentage increase over the bachelor's salary that each higher degree achieved, and contrast that with similar measurements for other fields.

Sure, we think a higher degree would almost always help salary, but are there some majors that "need" a higher degree (in either the same or a new field) more than others in order to reach their earnings potential?

SOURCES:2017 ACS microdata

Explore Careers

Careers for applied mathematics majors

Careers for applied mathematics majors

As we explained at the start of the previous section "Salary and Employment for Majors", the career data in all of these tabs is supported by the American Community Survey (ACS), which provides career information based on the broad degree applied mathematics. For of the career statistics we report here, we consider all bachelor-holders in applied mathematics and 18 other programs to fall under the ACS data we aggregated for the applied mathematics degree.

Here we look at ACS survey respondents across the US with a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics, and we see their top careers. You can explore the salary distributions for all people in those careers, as well as the typical education help by workers in that job. If you see ** before the job name, that tells you that the Department of Education recommends this job for people with a degree in applied mathematics. We did not find always find a strong correlation between that advice and where people were working.

Other routes to the top ten careers

Other majors that are hired by the top ten applied mathematics careers

Take a minute with this sankey diagram, and use your mouse/touch to explore. You can follow the top ten jobs held by applied mathematics graduates, and then, in turn, you can see the largest 10 degrees hired by each of those careers. We hope this gives you a glimpse at where you can most realistically hope to get a job with this degree, but also see alternatives for the same employment options. It's worth noting that for many degrees, the top ten jobs don't account for even half of the graduates. The data warns us / encourages us that a degree is only one piece of the puzzle that determines where we land.

SOURCES:2017 ACS microdata

Jobs that choose applied mathematics majors

What careers hire applied mathematics majors as one of their top 10?

What jobs are especially seeking *you* out? The previous section let you explore the top ten jobs for people who earn bachelor's degrees in this field. Now we turn the tables a bit. What jobs have applied mathematics as one of the top ten majors they hire? Take this with a grain of salt, though, since some majors have more than 100,000 annual graduates and others have only a few thousand. Maybe employers would hire more of certain low-number majors if they could be found. In the bottom Sankey box, we show you the proportion of applied mathematics majors that are accounted for by the top 10 jobs -- there are a myriad of other options for most majors.

SOURCES:2017 ACS microdata

Where can I complete this program?

What schools offer this program?

Graduate program details

Explore applied mathematics graduate program details

Many schools provide information to Peterson's about their graduate programs, and Ididio has licensed that data to share with you. The data is reported by program name and subject, and we have worked to match that data with the standard "CIP" titles that are the basis of these program pages. Please be aware that only a subset of all possible graduate programs share the details about financial support and admissions numbers with Peterson's. To see a complete list of schools who have graduated students with this degree, the previous section is much more reliable; however, this is a great place to look for a hint of schools that may offer financial support. You can see more details about each school's graduate programs in the Programs Offered section within that school's Ididio page.

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SOURCES:2018 Peterson's

Explore similar programs

Applied Mathematics is part of a larger collection of programs: Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences. Is there a different program that's close to Applied 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.

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