Your degree in Mathematics

While studying Mathematics, you’re learning how to take a complex problem and frame it in a logical way. You’ll develop important skills and master proofs as a way to show others your thinking and reasoning.

These skills may include:

  • Data analysis and technical writing
  • Organizational interpretation
  • Deductive reasoning
  • Logical, systematic thought processes
  • Computer literacy
  • Advanced quantitative skills
  • Numerical computation
  • Technical skills in mathematical concepts, logic, and specialized software

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including financial services, insurance, computer hardware/software design, health and pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, research, consulting, education, and others. 

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

Actuary

Algorithm designer

Appraiser 

Bioinformatics scientist

Claims adjuster

Computer programmer

Cost analyst

Cryptanalyst 

Data scientist

Database administrator

Demographer

Economist

Environmental epidemiologist 

External auditor

Financial planner

Insurance salesperson

Inventory control specialist 

Investment banker

Mathematical statistician 

Mathematician

Mortgage researcher 

Quantitative analyst 

Software engineer 

Statistical consultant 

Systems analyst

Tax investigator

Teacher/Professor

Technical analyst

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Undergraduate Math Society
Meet other Mathematics students through events and programs.

UBC Undergraduate Math Colloquium
Attend talks about research in mathematics. 

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

UBC Mathematics outreach initiatives
Interact with elementary and high school students through workshops and sessions.

Putnam math competition
Test your mathematical understanding in the prestigious undergraduate math exam. 

Mitacs funding
Apply for up to $15,000 to fund a four-month internship in your specific area of study.

Math job board
Check out employment opportunities related to mathematics.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Association for Women in Mathematics

American Statistical Association

Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society (CAIMS)

Canadian Institute of Actuaries

Canadian Mathematical Society

Canadian Operations Research Society

Computing Research Association

Fields Institute of Research in Mathematical Sciences

Mathematical Association of America

Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Society of Actuaries

Statistical Society of Canad

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More information

From your Arts degree, you’ll develop skills and experiences that can translate into many career paths. Check out other things you can do with your Arts degree.

Math is also a UBC Science specialization—see what you can do with a Science degree or explore other Science specializations.