Mathematics, and applied mathematics in particular, is one of the most highly rated career tracks today. Graduates of the UW online Master of Science in Applied & Computational Mathematics can apply their degree to a wide variety of rewarding professions.

Top-Ranked Field

Careers in STEM, especially in mathematics, typically fall at the top of reports and rankings for pay, growth and satisfaction. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the median annual salary of mathematicians was $110,860 in 2020 and that job opportunities in this field are expected to grow 33% from 2019 to 2029. Indeed ranked a master's in applied mathematics as the third highest paying master's degree. PayScale reports that graduates with a master's in applied mathematics have high job satisfaction. CareerCast ranked mathematician as the eight best career to have when weighing in work environment, income, job outlook and stress. 

Diverse Job Opportunities

Graduates of our program go on to find jobs in all kinds of industries, taking on diverse roles and responsibilities. Here are some of the fields that hire applied mathematicians.

  • Actuarial science
  • Aviation
  • Computer science
  • Cryptography
  • Data science
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Medical research
  • Operations research
  • Transportation

UW Career & Internship Center

The Career & Internship Center is a valuable resource open to current UW students and alumni. Services include virtual workshops, video guides, online resume review and the job search tool known as Handshake.


LinkedIn facilitates the ability for students to search for and connect with UW alumni. Be sure to check out where our alumni work, noting the variety of career options.

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) provides a helpful resource on careers for applied mathematicians. They explore the types of problems applied mathematicians may work on, and introduce you to growing fields in industry.