Careers in Mathematics

A Luther mathematics or math-statistics major provides a broad and strong foundation for building career opportunities in a wide range of professions. Luther mathematics graduates find employment in fields as diverse as accounting, banking, editing, engineering, human resources, insurance, software development, and teaching. Many also become small business owners. In addition, the mathematics degree is excellent preparation for an advanced degree in pure and applied mathematics; the physical, biological, and social sciences; engineering; and professions such as medicine and law.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), graduates with a mathematics major nationwide most commonly obtain careers in the following fields:

  • Education (elementary, middle, secondary, postsecondary teacher)
  • Finance/insurance (accountant, actuary, auditor)
  • Information systems (computer programmer, software developer)

The most common occupational fields among Luther graduates with a mathematics major include:

  • Computing/information systems
  • Research and development
  • Insurance (actuary, sales)
  • Engineering (industrial)

Luther mathematics graduates are frequently hired by the following organizations:

  • Mayo Clinic
  • 3M
  • Target
  • Best Buy
  • Epic
  • IBM
  • Various insurance and software companies

Luther College aggressively tracks the career paths and outcomes of its graduates, from employment to graduate school to postgraduate service. View recent grad stats for more information.

The Luther Career Center is an excellent resource for students exploring career options.

The following resources also provide information regarding careers in mathematics.

Math On Canvas

Victory and former classmate and composer Zach Zubow '06 attended an exhibit and performance of their collaborative piece in Minneapolis last January.

Emily Lynch Victory ’06 is a rising star in the art world, but make no mistake: math is her first love. This is evident in her stunning large-scale paintings, each of which requires hours of meticulous work. Her pieces explore mathematical concepts from probability to number bases, and in the process, offer an explosion of mind-bending pattern.