Career Development

Mathematics/Computer Science

When exploring possible academic majors, begin by investigating the specific programs at Purchase College.  Discover more about the B.A. in Mathematics/Computer Science, and find out about program requirements, courses and the program faculty

Want to find out more about a major?  Talk to department heads and professors to have your questions answered and to get the inside track on being a Mathematics/Computer Science major at Purchase College.

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • Ability to analyze & solve problems
  • Tendency toward logical thinking
  • Abstract reasoning & keen observation
  • Strong technology skills
  • Proficiency for accuracy and detail
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to conduct & clearly explain research
  • Ability to organize, analyze & interpret numerical data
  • Critical thinking

CAREER TITLES

  • Actuary
  • Application Developer
  • Computer Animator
  • Computer Consultant
  • Computer Marketing/Sales
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Scientist
  • Data Processor
  • Database Manager
  • Demographer
  • Engineer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Inventory Control Specialist
  • Mathematician
  • Meteorologist
  • Network Programmer
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Professor
  • Research Analyst
  • Software Development Specialist
  • Statistician
  • Systems Administrator
  • Systems Analyst
  • Teacher
  • Technical Support
  • Technical Writer
  • Underwriter
  • Web Builder

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE

  • Technology Companies
  • Software Design Firms
  • Financial Institutions/Banks
  • Insurance Agencies
  • Educational Institutions
  • Government Agencies
  • Manufacturers
  • Telecommunication Companies
  • Major Corporations
  • Non Profit Organizations

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

www.ams.org - American Mathematical Society
www.maa.org -  Mathematical Association of America
www.coolmath.com/careers.htm - Math links
www.amstat.org - American Statistical Association
www.awm-math.org - Association for Women in Mathematics
www.siam.org/careers - Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics - career information
www.ams.org/programs/students/undergrad/undergrad - Resources for undergraduate mathematics majors
www.maa.org/careers/profiles.html - Career profiles in math
www.beanactuary.org - Information on becoming an Actuary
www.computer.org - IEEE Computer Society
www.acm.org - Association for Computing Machinery
www.aitp.org - Association of Information Technology Professionals
www.gamediscovery.com/game-design/game-jobs.asp  Descriptions of specific game design jobs
www.gamedesignjobs.com/  Info on companies and wages regarding video game design jobs
www.gamecareerguide.com -  Entry-level video game design information, career information, industry news, and more
www.sciencecareersnow.com - Guide to science careers
www.nyas.org  - The New York Academy of Sciences
www.nyas.org/sciencealliance - Committed to advancing the careers of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
www.bls.gov/oco - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS

www.purchase.edu/careerdevelopment - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
www.dice.com - Jobs for technology professionals
www.itjobs.com - Jobs for the IT professional
www.justtechjobs.com - Job search by skill
www.computerjobs.com - Computer jobs
www.math-jobs.com - Math jobs
www.mathclassifieds.org - Helps candidates find a job in the diverse field of mathematics
www.mathforamerica.org - Math for America teaching fellowship
www.efinancialcareers.com - Financial services career website
www.gamasutra.com/jobs/  - The Art and Business of Making Games, job listings by company or field
www.researchgate.net – Professional network for scientists/researchers and job search

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated  6/14