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What is Mathematics? Related Careers
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What is Mathematics?

According to Google, Mathematics is "the abstract science of number, quantity, and space. Mathematics may be studied in its own right, or as it is applied to other disciplines such as physics and engineering."

The Mathematics Department at Oregon State University offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The department is small enough so that mathematics majors have the opportunity to get to know and work closely with faculty members.

Undergraduates can obtain a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics or a Bachelor of Sciences in Mathematics with a transcript-visible Secondary Teaching Emphasis Option.  Both degrees include courses in pure and applied mathematics and include almost a year of free upper division electives. This enables students to tailor a degree program to their particular mathematical interests. The undergraduate program also includes minors in Mathematics and Actuarial Science.

Mathematics - What Can I Do with This Degree? pdf - lists the industry areas, employers, and strategies for using your degree.

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Job & Internship Search Links

USAJobs.gov - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Jobs by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

Be an Actuary - This site provides practical real world jobs for actuaries, including college study options, how to get started and how to find a job.

American Academy of Actuaries - lists actuary positions nationwide.

American Marketing Association - lists research positions for persons with skills in statistics.

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National Security Agency - offers professional positions for university graduates, with career paths in mathematics, computer science, computer and electrical engineering, intelligence analysis, and other areas.

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Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook - the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

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Professional Association Links

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics - SIAM's mission is to, "build cooperation between mathematics and the worlds of science and technology through our publications, research, and community." Their site includes a job board, job search resources, how to apply your math degree and news surrounding math careers.

American Mathematical Society - The AMS provides lots of information for professionals in math careers. Their employment services page provides job services, employment center interveiws, print ads, and general career information.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Provides information for math teachers of all levels, from elementary to higher ed. Their professional development page provides online workships, training and seminars. The "Jobs Online" tab also includes a job database where you can upload resumes, view jobs and be updated when job matches arise.

Association for Women in Mathematics - The AWM provides information for parents, teachers, students, educators and institutions. Their resources include job ads, career advices and opportunities.

Mathematical Association of America - This site has a great frequently asked question page about mathmatical careers and where to find the answers.

American Statistical Association - ASA's page includes a career center with career information for statistic careers.

Association for Women in Mathematics

Mathematical Association of America

Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics

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US Census Bureau

Computing Research Association

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