Career and Leadership Development


Mathematicians work in one of the oldest and most basic of the sciences. Mathematicians today are engaged in a wide variety of activities, ranging from the creation of new theories to the translation of scientific and managerial problems into mathematical terms. Work in mathematics falls into two broad categories: Theoretical (pure) mathematics and Applied mathematics. These two classes are not sharply defined and often overlap. Theoretical mathematicians work on difficult problems without necessarily considering the immediate practical uses of their discoveries. Applied mathematicians use mathematics to develop theories, techniques, and approaches to solve practical problems in business, government, engineering, and the natural and social sciences.

Emphases within the major:

Mathematics (BA/BS)
Mathematics Education (BSE)

Major skills acquired:

Ability to Organize and Interpret Detail
Abstract Thinking
Decision Making Mathematical Modeling and Simulation
Pattern Identification and Classification
Problem Posing and Definition
Problem Solving

Related occupations:

(With corresponding Dictionary of Occupational Titles number). The following list of related occupations is an open list of ideas to expand your career research. Some of these careers may require additional experience or education. Actuarial Trainee (020.167-010)
Auditor (160.162-014)
Banking Trainee
Claims Adjuster (241.217-010)
Computer Programmer/Analyst (020.067-010)
Computer Security Analyst
Cryptographer (199.267-014)
Economic Analyst - Government (050.067-010)
Educator (091.227-010)
Financial Analyst (020.167-014)
Insurance Underwriter (169.267-046) Market Research Analyst (050.067-014)
Pension Consultant (249.262-010)
Property Appraiser
Quality Controller (012.267-014)
Research Assistant (109.267-010)
Statistician (020.167-026)
Stockbroker (251.157-010)
Strategic Planner
Systems Analyst (030.167-014)
Tax Service Representative (IRS) (110.117-038)
Wage & Salary Administrator (166.167-022)

Representative employers that have hired our students:

ATC - Pewaukee, WI
Beloit (Various Schools) - Beloit, WI
G.M.A.C. - Lincolnshire, IL
Janesville School District - Janesville, WI
Kennedy and Associates - Janesville, WI
Kenosha Unified School District - Kenosha, WI
Kettle Moraine School District - Wales, WI
M&I Data Services - Brown Deer, WI
Mequon Homestead High School - Mequon, WI
Mukwonago School District - Mukwonago, WI
Northwestern Mutual Life - Milwaukee, WI
Palmyra-Eagle High School - Palmyra, WI
Poynette High School - Poynette, WI
Richmond School System - Richmond, IL
Sentry Insurance - Stevens Point, WI
United Government Services (Part of BC/BS) - Milwaukee, WI
Universal Computer Systems - Houston, TX
Viking Insurance - Madison, WI
Waterford Schools - Waterford, WI

Graduate schools attended by our students:

Ohio University - Athens, OH
Rose Hallman Institute of Technology - Indianapolis, IN University of Wisconsin-Madison, Engineering - Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI

For further information outside Career & Leadership Development:

UW-Whitewater Mathematics & Computer Science Department
Departmental Office, McCutchan, Room 305
Phone 262-472-5684

American Mathematical Society
P.O. Box 6248
Providence, RI 02940

Mathematical Association of America
1529 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036