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Your major helps you develop knowledge, skills and abilities that employers seek.

To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through your coursework, activities and work, consider using the reflection worksheets (accessible via B.hired > Resources) and/or Type Focus (accessible via B.hired > Resources).

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Mathematics

Overview
First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths
Internships
What to do with a degree in Mathematics
Mathematics Web Sites
Graduate School Information

Overview 

As our society becomes more technological, it is more affected by mathematics. Quite sophisticated mathematics is now central to the natural sciences, to ecological issues, to economics, and to our commercial and technical life. The Mathematics Department also focuses on mathematics as a subject of the greatest depth and beauty, with a history extending from antiquity. The department attempts to make this depth and beauty manifest.

The ability to think logically and rigorously, one of the benefits of the study of mathematics, is a valued asset in many professions. Many of our majors go on to careers outside of mathematics, in fields such as law, medicine, business, and teaching, or to careers as professional mathematicians.

First Destination Data

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that Mathematics alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Mathematics major at Brandeis.

Mathematics Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Mathematics major at Brandeis.

Year
Company
Title
Industry
2012 RTI International Economist Consulting
2012 Raytheon BBN Technologies Associte Scientist Computer Science/Engineering
2012 Boston Children's Hospital Ambulatory Services Representative Health Care
2012 Fidelity Inc. Actuarial Associate Banking
2012 TripAdvisor Application Developer Computer Sceince
2010 Winchester High School Math Teacher Education
2008 AIR Worldwide Research Analyst, Esposures Group Pharmaceutical, Research
2008 Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Associate Economist Government/ Politics
2007 Tufts University Research Analyst Health

Internships 

In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify majors' internships.

What to Do with a Degree in Mathematics (.pdf)

  Mathematics Web Sites

Graduate School Information and Resources


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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success in the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.

Skills1

  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Abilities

  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Knowledge

  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development


Sample of Possible Occupations

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Accountant
Value Engineer
Economist
Mathematics Editor
Computer Programmer
Industrial/Institutional Buyer
Hydro Geologist
Psychometrician
Teacher
Financial Consultant
Cartographer
Robotics Programmer
Statistician
Risk & Insurance Specialist
Meteorologist
Research Analyst
Investment Banker
Software Developer
Database Manager
Hydrologist
Production Support
Media Buyer
Financial Auditor
Computer Scientist
Quality Assurance Analyst
Artificial Intelligence
Astronomer
Biometrician/ Biostatistician
Engineer
Public Health Statistician
Software Support Specialist
Urban Planner
Estate Planner
Physicist

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development