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  1. Careers In Mathematics

1.1 List of Careers That Use Mathematics
1.2 Career Profiles
1.3 Other Resources on Careers

  1. Job Search Resources

2.1 The School of Physical Sciences’ s Mentor Program
2.2 The Career Center at UCI
2.3 List of local companies who have expressed interest in math majors at recent UCI job fairs
2.4 List of national companies offering Internships and full time jobs suitable for math majors
2.5 Other job search resources

  1. The Career Center and their Services

3.1. Mission Statement
3.2. Services
3.3. Resources
3.4. Events

 

1. Careers In Mathematics

An undergraduate mathematics education can be an entryway to many rewarding and engaging career opportunities.

The Wall Street Journal article  “Doing the Math to Find the Good Jobs”, by Sarah E. Needleman, rates the “Mathematician” at the very first spot on a ranking of the best jobs in the U.S. Other jobs at the top of the study's list include actuary, statistician, biologist, software engineer and computer-systems analyst, all jobs that require strong mathematical knowledge.

A recent survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which tracks college graduates' job offers states that "The top 15 highest-earning college degrees all have one thing in common -- math skills.

"Math is at the crux of who gets paid", said Ed Koc, director of research at NACE. "If you have those skills, you are an extremely valuable asset. We don't generate enough people like that in this country."

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1.1  List of Careers That Use Mathematics

The website http://weusemath.org/ published the following list of careers that use math, with their respective high-end salaries. Click on a career title for more information, including the kind of math they use.

  Actuary  $158,240/yr   Geographer $99,540/yr
  Air Traffic Controller $161,650/yr   Geologist $161,260/yr
  Animator $99,130/yr   High-School Math Teacher $82,000/yr
  Architect $122,640/yr   Hydrologist $110,110/yr
  Astronaut $93,000/yr   Inventory Control Specialist $146,030/yr
  Attorney $166,400/yr   Market Research Analyst $111,900/yr
  Biologist $100,580/yr   Mathematical Biophysicist $138,820/yr
  Biostatistician $117,210/yr   Mathematical Physicist $165,750/yr
  Budget Analyst $100,880/yr   Mathematician $140,500/yr
  Cartographer $90,410/yr   Mechanical Engineer $117,550/yr
  Chemical Engineer $132,980/yr   National Security Analyst $105,581/yr
  Chemist $114,880/yr   Nuclear Engineer $140,140/yr
  Climatologist $127,250/yr   Operations Research Analyst $119,140/yr
  College Professor $128,330/yr   Petroleum Engineer $150,310/yr
  Computational Biologist $100,580/yr   Physician $166,400/yr
  Computer Scientist $155,420/yr   Political Scientist $151,360/yr
  Cost Estimator $95,190/yr   Psychometrician $200,000/yr
  Cryptanalyst $112,780/yr   Purchasing Agent $101,480/yr
  Economist $153,210/yr   Quantitative Financial Market Analyst $139,350/yr
  Electrical Engineer $126,810/yr   Statistician $117,210/yr
  Epidemiologist $92,610/yr   Stockbroker $118,640/yr
  Foreign Exchange Trader $139,517/yr   Technical Writer $100,020/yr
  Forensic Analyst $84,260/yr   Urban Planner $94,800/yr

 

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1.2  Career Profiles

The MAA website offers the profile of several graduates now involved in a wide variety of careers. Most of them use mathematics on a daily basis, and all of them rely on the general problem solving skills acquired in their mathematics courses.

The AMS’s Early Career Profile Network presents the profile of recent bachelors-level graduates in the mathematical sciences, and constitutes a valuable source of information for recent graduates and for prospective mathematical sciences majors.

The SIAM website presents the profile of several professional mathematicians and computational scientists.

The UCI School of Physical Sciences presents the profile of science professionals who graduated from UCI and are now acting as mentors for current UCI students. The PS Mentor Program offers students a personal, one-on-one opportunity to explore career possibilities and learn about the experiences of alumni in the same field.

 

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1.3 Other Resources on Careers

Websites

AMS offers lots of tips for students contemplating a career centered on mathematics.

SIAM offers a very useful guide to Careers in Applied Mathematics.

The site was developed by math majors at Brigham Young University. It contains information about careers in mathematics, and tips on how to succeed in math.

The website WhyDoMath highlights how mathematical and computational analyses have proved to be uniquely insightful for solving a myriad of problems in science, society and our everyday lives.

Tips for a career in finance.

Tips for a career in business.

Tips for a career in statistics.

Tips to become an actuary.

Videos

The "Careers in Mathematics" video contains interviews with mathematicians working in industry, business and government.

A talk from SIAM Past President Mac Hyman about the importance of passion, talent, and environment in developing a successful career.

Books

  • Great Jobs for Math Majors - Second edition, by Stephen Lambert and Ruth DeCotis.

The book covers the mechanics of searching for a job (e.g., how to write a resume, how to prepare for an interview and how to conduct a follow up); it gives tips on selecting a graduate school and describes some of the occupations suitable for a math major.

  • 101 Careers in Mathematics - Second Edition, by Andrew Sterrett Jr.

A collection of 101 short essays written by people who work in many different fields, as a demonstration of the enormous number of ways mathematics is used in the modern world. You will learn about job opportunities in predictable places like IBM or AT&T, and in surprising places like FedEx Corporation, L.L. Bean, and Perdue Farms, Inc.

  • She Does Math!: Real-Life Problems from Women on the Job, by Marla Parker (Editor) and the Mathematical Association of America (Corporate Author)

38 professional women describe their career path (how much math they took in high school and college, how they chose their field of study and how they ended up in their current job) and present a collection of typical problems they encounter in their jobs and solve with the use of mathematics.

Articles

Below are a series of career-related articles (mostly from the SIAM or the AMS website), to help graduates make the transition from school to a successful and satisfying career.

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2. Job Search Resources

 

2.1 The School of Physical Sciences’ s Mentor Program

The School of Physical Sciences Mentor Program connects current students with science professionals to provide a personal, one-on-one opportunity for students to explore career possibilities and allow mentors to share their experiences.

Mentors sign-up by completing their professional profile. After the mentors have registered, students review the mentor's professional profiles to pick the mentor best fit for them. Students then complete the student sign-up form. After a mentor and student are paired, each will be notified of who their mentor or student is and have their first opportunity to meet at the Kick-off Reception in November. Mentors and students will then be encouraged to set-up meetings on a regular basis (approximately once a month). Various events and workshops will also take place throughout the year which mentors and students can attend together.

Through this mentoring program students

  • Receive constructive feedback about personal and professional skills
  • Learn about specific jobs, career paths, industries, and organizational cultures
  • Pursue networking opportunities
  • Take a proactive step toward a successful future.

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2.2 The UCI Career Center

Website

All of their services, events, and resources are centered on providing access to opportunities, career consulting, and professional education to UCI students and alumni. They serve as a bridge between the academic and professional world, connecting students and employers, and offer an incredible number of resources for students applying for internships. For more information please visit the Student Opportunities page on our website. 

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2.3 List of local companies who have expressed interest in math majors at recent UCI job fairs

The UCI Career Center has kindly provided the following list of companies, job titles and job types for which employers have recruited math majors in the last year.  You can download it here. 

The companies without job titles were career fair attendees, all the others companies posted ads on ZotLink and/or participated in On-Campus Interviews.  The list does not include companies looking for tutors or teachers, for brevity reasons.

List in PDF.

For more information, please contact the Career Center

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2.4 List of national companies offering Internships and full time jobs suitable for math majors

The list was updated on January, 2012.

ABBOTT LABORATORIES

Career Information: https://www.abbottcareers.com/JobBoard/GlobalJobBoard
Internship Information: http://www.abbott.com/careers/students.htm

AEROSPACE CORPORATION

Career Information: http://www.aero.org/careers/
Internship Information: http://www.aerospace.org/careers/internships/

AIRFORCE OFFICE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Career Information: http://www.wpafb.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=5826

AMERICA ONLINE

Career Information: http://corp.aol.com/careers/current-job-openings

APPLE COMPUTERS

Career Information: http://www.apple.com/jobs/us/students-degree.html
Internship Information: http://www.apple.com/jobs/us/students.html

APPLIED MATERIALS

Career Information: http://www.appliedmaterials.com/about/careers
Internship Information: https://appliedmat.taleo.net/careersection/10060adv/moresearch.ftl?lang=en&radiusType=M&radius=1

ARGONNE LABORATORIES (US DEPARMENT OF ENERGY

Career Information: http://www.anl.gov/Careers/index.html
Internship Information: http://www.dep.anl.gov/p_undergrad/

AT&T LABAORATORIES RESEARCH

Career Information: http://att.jobs/careers.aspx
Internship Information: http://www.research.att.com/evergreen/working_with_us/internships.html?fbid=v11hOvcb761

BANK OF AMERICA

Career Information: http://careers.bankofamerica.com/overview/overview.asp
Campus recruiting: http://careers.bankofamerica.com/campus.aspx
Internship Information: http://careers.bankofamerica.com/campusrecruiting/analyst_internships.asp

BELL LABS, ALCATEL - LUCENT

Career Information: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/careers/entry_level.html
Internship Information: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/careers/students.html

THE BOEING COMPANY

Career Information: http://boeing.com/careers/
Internship Information: http://www.boeing.com/careers/collegecareers/index.html

BIRKHAUSER

Career Information: http://www.springer.com/about+springer/career/
Internship Information: http://www.springer.com/about+springer/career/interns?SGWID=0-1717313-0-0-0

BOOZ ALLEN and HAMILTON

Career Information: http://www.boozallen.com/careers
Internship Information: http://www.boozallen.com/careers/find-your-job/internships

CEA/DAM

Career Information: http://www-dam.cea.fr/statique/emploi/emploi.htm

CISCO SYSTEMS

Career and Internship Information: https://communities.cisco.com/community/general/universityconnection

CITIGROUP

Career Information: http://careers.citigroup.com/Careers/Default.jsp?lang=en
Internship Information: http://internships.about.com/od/banks/p/citiinternships.htm

DEFENSE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION (DSTO)

Career Information: http://www.dsto.defence.gov.au/careers/
Internship Information: http://www.dsto.defence.gov.au/careers/page/3990/

DELL COMPUTER  COORPORATION

Career Information: http://content.dell.com/us/en/corp/careers.aspx
Internship Information: http://content.dell.com/us/en/corp/internships.aspx

EMC COORPORATION

Career Information: http://www.emc.com/about/jobs/index.htm
Internship Information: http://www.emc.com/corporate/jobs/paid-internships-and-co-ops.htm

FIDELITY INVESTMENTS

Career Information: http://careers.fidelity.com/home/index.shtml
Internship Information: http://jobs.fidelity.com/students/interns.html
Student job Information: http://careers.fidelity.com/student/undergrad/index.shtml

GENERAL MOTOR COORPORATION

Career Information: http://careers.gm.com/
Internship Information: http://careers.gm.com/student-center.html

GOLDMAN SACHS

Career Information: http://www2.goldmansachs.com/careers/index.html
Internship Information: http://www2.goldmansachs.com/careers/choose-your-path/our-programs/index.html

HEWLETT-PACKARD

Career Information: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/jobsathp/
Internship Information: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/jobsathp/students-graduates/programs/internship-opportunities.html

IBM COORPORATION

Career Information: http://www-03.ibm.com/employment/us/
Internship Information: http://www-03.ibm.com/employment/university.html

INSTITUTE FOR COMPUTATIONAL ENGINEERING AND SCIENCES

Career Information: http://www.ices.utexas.edu/about/jobs/
Internship Information: http://www.ices.utexas.edu/programs/summer-internship/

INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES

Career Information: https://www.ida.org/careers.php
Internship Information: https://www.ida.org/careers/graduatestudents/interns.php

INTEL

Career Information: http://www.intel.com/jobs/careers/
Internship Information: http://www.intel.com/jobs/usa/students/internships/

THE JOHN HOPKINS APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORIES

Career Information: http://www.jhuapl.edu/employment/
Internship Information: http://www.jhuapl.edu/employment/summer/

KUBERRE SYSTEMS

Career Information: http://www.kuberresystems.com/careers/index.html

LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LAB

Career Information: http://jobs.lbl.gov/
Internship Information: http://csee.lbl.gov/Programs/undergraduate.html

LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LAB

Career Information: https://www.llnl.gov/#labtabs-5
Internship Information: https://internships.llnl.gov/

LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABS

Career Information: http://www.lanl.gov/orgs/hr/jobs/index.shtml
Internship Information http://www.lanl.gov/education/undergrad/internships.shtml

MEDIA BRIGHT

Internship Information: http://www.mediabright.net/internship-details

MENTOR GRAPHICS

Career Information: http://www.mentor.com/company/careers/us_college/
Internship Information: http://www.mentor.com/company/careers/

MERCK

Career Information: http://www.merck.com/careers/explore-careers/home.html
Internship Information: http://www.merck.com/careers/explore-careers/students-and-graduates/home.html

METRON

Career Information: https://www.metsci.com/Default.aspx?tabid=164

MICROSOFT RESEARCH

Career Information: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/jobs/default.aspx
Internship Information: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/jobs/intern/apply.aspx

MITRE

Career Information: http://www.mitre.org/employment/index.html
Internship Information: http://www.mitre.org/employment/student_opps.html

NASA INTERSHIPS

Career Information: http://www.nasajobs.nasa.gov/
Internship Information: http://www.nasajobs.nasa.gov/studentopps/employment/programs.htm

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY (NIST)

Career Information: http://www.nist.gov/hrmd/index.cfm
Internship Information: http://www.nist.gov/surfgaithersburg/

NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORIES

Career Information: http://www.nrel.gov/science_technology/working_with.html
Internship Information: http://www.nrel.gov/education/internships_fellowships.html

NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY

Career Information: http://www.nsa.gov/careers/
Internship Information: http://www.nsa.gov/careers/opportunities_4_u/students/index.shtml

NAVEL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER (NSWC)

Career Information: http://www.navsea.navy.mil/nswc/dahlgren/RECRUIT/default.aspx
Internship Information: http://www.navsea.navy.mil/nswc/dahlgren/RECRUIT/studop.aspx

NEC LABORATORIES AMERICA, Inc

Career Information: http://www.nec-labs.com/careers/index.php
Internship Information: http://www.nec-labs.com/careers/internship.php

OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORIES

Career Information: http://jobs.ornl.gov/
Internship Information: http://www.orau.org/ornl/

PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORIES

Career Information: http://jobs.pnnl.gov/
Internship Information: http://science-ed.pnnl.gov/

PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER

Career Information: http://www.parc.com/about/careers/

PHILLIPS RESEARCH

Career Information: http://www.research.philips.com/careers/index.html
Internship Informationhttp://www.philips.com/about/careers/student/internships/index.page

PRUDENTIAL

Career Information: http://jobs.prudential.com/view/page/jobs
Internship Information: http://jobs.prudential.com/view/page/jobs/16741

RAYTHEON

Career Information: http://jobs.raytheon.com/
Internship Information: http://jobs.raytheon.com/application-center

SAIC

Career Information: http://www.saic.com/career/
Internship Information: http://www.saic.com/career/students/

SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES

Career Information: http://www.sandia.gov/careers/
Internship Information: http://www.sandia.gov/careers/students_postdocs/internships/

SAP LABS

Career Information: http://www.careersatsap.com/YourCareerAtSap/ForStudents.aspx#/StudentOpportunities

SCHLUMBERGER – Doll Research

Career Information: https://careers.slb.com/recentgraduates.aspx

SPRINGER

Career Information: http://www.springer.com/about+springer/career/all+vacancies
Internship Information: http://www.springer.com/about+springer/career/interns

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS

Career Information: http://careers.ti.com/
Internship Information: http://careers.ti.com/intern

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)

Internship Information: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, ENGINEERING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Student Opportunities: http://www.erdc.usace.army.mil/pls/erdcpub/www_welcome.navigation_page?tmp_next_page=42&tmp_main_topic=

WALFRAM RESEARCH

Career Information: http://www.wolfram.com/company/opportunities/
Internship Information: http://www.wolfram.com/company/opportunities/intern.html

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2.5 Other Job Search Resources

 

A Job Search Guide from the UCI Career Center

A long list of off-campus opportunities for undergraduates of all majors from the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Office

A list of Internships and Co-op Opportunities from AMS

A collection of job-search and career information resources from SIAM (Society for Applied and Industrial Mathematics)

Career Journal from Wall Street (for internships, search job ads by the keyword "intern")

Career Magazine College Grad

JobBank USA

JobHunt

Quintessential Careers

The Riley Guide : Free resources with open access to the job listings.

Internship and Co-op Opportunities from Association for Computing Machinery

Crossroads Internship Database

Internships in Statistics (ASA)

Wall Street Journal

Rising Star Internships or The Vault or other internship sources

CareerPath offers job listings from many sources in the U.S.

Jobs in the Money for accounting and finance professionals

Salary.com for potential salaries and job search tools

JobWeb, maintained by the National Association of Colleges and Employers

Math for America (MfA Fellowship Program) and Teach for America

Finding an Academic Job
 by James Lambers, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering Stanford University 

 

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3. The Career Center and their Services

 

Website

Directions

 

3.1 Mission Statement

To educate and engage students to realize their career potential and apply it to their future.  All of our services, events, and resources are centered on providing access to opportunities, career consulting, and professional education to UCI students and alumni. We serve as a bridge between the academic and professional world, connecting students and employers. As UCI's "Internship Central", we have extensive resources and information on internships on and off campus. Our team of Career Counselors are professionally trained to help students identify and create their career goals. We strive to educate UCI students using innovation and excellence. Our nationally recognized webshops and videos are a fun and interactive way to learn professional development and career tips. We continually aim to help the UCI community excel with integrity and professionalism.

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3.2 Services

Individual Career Counseling

Take Ten: 10 minute drop-in career consultation and resume critiques.

Individual Internship Advising

On Campus Interviews (with real employers) for full-time and internships positions (every quarter).

One-to-one Mock Interviews with Peer Consultants, Career Counselors and Technical Employers.

Career Assessment

Career Fairs (every quarter)

Career Connections Online database of UCI alumni willing to answer career questions

 

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3.3 Resources

Job and Internships Listings (Zotlink): Over 22,000 full-time, part-time and summer/seasonal positions are posted every year.

Internship Central The one place to go to find internship resources, information, and tips.

Job Search Guide This is a great tool to guide students on their career journey. From sample resumes and resume covers, to self-assessments to evaluate strengths and interests.

Webshops: The series of career/job search workshops is complemented by a collection of short flash presentations (webshops) posted on the UCI Career Center website. Topics  include:Resume Basics, Internship Answers, Job Search Strategies, Job Search Correspondence, Job Searching in the current economy, On-Campus Interview, Interviewing Basics, Great Interview Answers, Dress for Success, Networking.

Quick Tips: A wonderful tool designed to answer most students’ questions on a variety of career/job search related topics such as choosing a major, writing a resume/cover letter, interviewing and applying to graduate school.

Videos: Short videos provide students with advice from Peer Consultants, Career center staff and employers.

Interviewing tips through webshops, quick-tips and videos. 

Best of the Job Search Sites: a collection of job search web sites and online resources

FAQ: About campus jobsinterviewsresumeschoosing a major, and other things.

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3.4 Events

The Career Center sponsors several events throughout the year to bring networking, employment, and education opportunities to the UCI Campus.

Check out the Events Calendar for more information or sign in to Zotlink to RSVP for upcoming Events.

Workshops on topics such as “Resume writing”; “How to get an internship”; “Applying to Graduate School”; “Interview Techniques”; “Interviewing Practice” and “Job Search Strategies”.

Career Fair: a one-day event to bring to campus companies that are specifically looking to hire UCI students for Full-time positionsInternships (both paid and for credit)Part-time jobs and Seasonal jobs.

Career Fest: a month long series of panel presentations by UCI alumni and community members from various industries.

Internship Daze: a week-long event focused on educating and preparing students for internships.

Graduate School Fair: a one-day event annual that brings together up to 150 representatives from various graduate and professional schools.

 

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