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

Top-Ranked Field has ranked graduate degrees in applied mathematics as the fifth best among all degrees surveyed. The report, which included data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, gave the degree high marks in median salary ($124,900), projected job growth (12.7% by 2024) and job satisfaction (71%).

Various evaluations of general career options consistently rank STEM fields at or near the top of the list. A 2017 report listed mathematician as the third-ranked career, offering an average salary of $111,298, low stress, a positive work environment and high growth potential. 

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 UW 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 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.