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Preparing For Non-Academic Jobs

The MIT Mathematics Major provides excellent preparation for a wide diversity of careers. Roughly half of our students move into a job straight after graduation.

Math Major Career Paths

In recent years, many of our seniors have found employment in the financial sector, consulting, and software design. Beyond this statement, there is a wide variation in individual career choices and priorities.

In past years, the careers of graduating students have included: research assistantships, MISTI, the Peace Corps, Teach for America, the actuarial profession, dance, movie animation, start-ups, and many others. Graduate programs other than mathematics were also popular, including biology, economics, law, medicine, music, operations research and business.

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Graduating Seniors Statistics

Every spring the Mathematics Department surveys its graduating seniors. Here are some findings from those surveys. This is not complete information but it does indicate the range of careers our majors go on to:

Where MIT Mathematics Majors Went After MIT *
Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
1st degree in math 45 82 61 68 76 73 84 85 101 97 104
2nd degree in math 30 33 34 37 51 51 38 44 46 45 49

EMPLOYMENT *

Computers, software  4  4  3  5  7  5 17  9 16  9  8
Consulting  5  5  2  8  3  5  4  4  6  9  8
Financial 14 20 10  9 11 14 12 13 12  8  7
Other  6  8 10  8 11  5  4  7  7  6  6

* Data are based on senior exit surveys, which are necessarily incomplete.