Mathematics and Statistics: Top 10 Most Employable Majors

Among the array of mathematical science occupations, mathematicians — who can find work with government, scientific research firms, colleges and elsewhere — earn the greatest median pay: $101,360 a year. Actuaries are in even higher demand, with a projected 26.7% growth rate this decade, and they have a still-generous median annual pay of $93,680. Math majors can also apply their skills in other fields, such as business, finance, education and computer science. And they're more likely to be able to do so right away; while the overall unemployment rate for recent grads is 7.9%, it's just 5.9% for math majors, according to Georgetown.

Expect your graphing-calculator usage to be exponentially higher in college. You likely already warmed it up in high school with advanced-placement calculus or statistics. But your college syllabus will be filled with higher-level courses, such as combinatorics, multi-variable calculus, number theory and real analysis.
  • Starting salary: $48,500
  • Mid-career salary: $85,800
  • Mid-career unemployment rate: 4.6%
  • Best related job: Mathematician
  • Projected job growth: 15.7%
Note: Salary Figures are given in approximation. For recent updates check with US Bureau of Labor Statistics
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