Career Outlook

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 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 percent by 2024) and job satisfaction (71 percent).

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

“I learned a lot of mathematical and analytical techniques that give me better perspective on problems at work. I got exposed to new programming languages and techniques, which are really valuable for me in the software development role.”

— Lincoln Atkinson, Senior software engineer, Microsoft


“Applied mathematics is for people who want to see how math actually makes a difference in lives. You’re crunching data, you’re working on problems, you’re reducing complexity. It’s useful and transitions readily to many different jobs.”

— Judith Moore, Former Aerospace Engineer, U.S. Navy