What can I do with a major in applied math?
Hi Heidi –
In answering your question, the first thing I am going to do is assume that you want to work in a field related to your major.
Under this assumption, the first recommendation I usually have for students in career exploration mode is to learn more about the professional associations that serve their target industries. When it comes to applied math, your starting point is the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) has a SIAM Careers Page with a specific section called “Thinking of a career in Applied Mathematics?”. You will find a lot of good advice and information there. It has also produced a downloadable brochure outlined different career options in applied math: Careers in Applied Mathematics
Here are a few more resources that should be helpful:
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook for Mathematicians
Now, if you want to pursue a career in a field not related to your major, I would have a whole different set of resources and advice to offer. Looking for a job is not a one-size-fits-all process. Different career paths require different resources, strategies and approaches.
Hope this helps,