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Department of Mathematics


Mathematics is a versatile and marketable major. Students with degrees in math are highly sought after in a variety of industries because employers know that success in mathematics requires strong problem-solving abilities and outstanding analytical skills.

Workforce success

Our graduates are strong candidates for graduate school and careers in any of a variety of different fields, including engineering, economics, finance and computer science. Below are just some of the skills a math major offers:

  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Ability to recognize patterns: generalization, abstraction, modeling
  • Ability to define terms and formulate problems precisely
  • Attention to detail
  • Precision and clarity in writing
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Ability to translate technical material into non-technical language
  • Estimation and ability to critically assess computational results
  • Competency in computer programming and statistical analysis
  • Patience and perseverance
  • Visualization

Career options by sector

What can you do with a math major? Just about anything:

  • National Security Agency
  • Executive/regulatory branches
  • Health/environmental agencies
  • Data collection/Census
  • Technology firms
  • Actuarial
  • Manufacturing,
  • Banking
  • Finance/investment
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • K-12
  • Technical and  community colleges
  • Four-year colleges and universities
  • Mathematics
  • Computer science
  • Statistics
  • Lab sciences
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Medical school
  • Engineering
  • Business administration
  • Financial engineering


Also, you will find valuable information about everything from internships to career fairs, as well as assistance with your job search, at the USC Career Center.

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