A degree in mathematics can open the door to a wide range of career opportunities. While most mathematics students seek careers that require them to directly apply their knowledge of mathematics on a daily basis, many others find success in careers that make use of the general problem-solving and logic skills acquired during the study of mathematics.
An excellent resource for mathematical careers is Andrew Serrett's 101 Careers in Mathematics, published by the Mathematical Association of America. This book contains interviews with over one hundred people who have studied mathematics and are now working in a wide variety of areas, including:
- Well-known companies such as IBM, FedEx, and L.L. Bean
- Government agencies such as the Bureau of the Census and NASA
- Legal and medical professions
- The field of education at elementary, secondary, and university levels
- Insurance companies as actuaries
- Artistic fields such as sculpture and music