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Mathematics deals with concepts such as quantity, structure, space and change. It evolved, through the use of abstraction and logical reasoning, from counting, calculation, measurement and the study of the shapes and motions of physical objects.
The major profile below includes: a sample of post-graduation plans of recent Princeton Mathematics graduates, a sample of internships from those in the major, and online resources and professional associations offering career information.
Post-Graduation Plans of Recent Math Majors*
- Investment Associate - Bridgewater Associates, Westport, CT
- Analyst - Goldman Sachs, Hong Kong, China
- Trader - Jane Street Capital, New York, NY
- Software Development Engineer - Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA
- Analyst - DC Energy, Tysons Corner, VA
- Teacher - Phillips Andover Academy, Andover, MA
- International Fellow - Princeton in Asia: Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore
- Mathematics - Ph.D. - Columbia University, New York, NY
- Technology Policy - Ph.D. - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
* These are actual jobs and graduate programs recent graduates accepted.
Internships of Recent Mathematics Majors
- Counselor - Boston University PROMYS, Boston, MA
- Research Assistant - Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC
- Outfitter - Gunflint Northwoods Outfitters, Grand Marais, MN
- Student Researcher - University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN
- Intern - American College of Radiology Imaging, Philadelphia, PA
- Research Intern - Hudson Institute, Washington, DC
Math Alumni from Princeton
Alumni have VOLUNTEERED to have students contact them for advice and information about majors and careers. The Alumni Careers Network (ACN), with 4,500 volunteers worldwide, is a searchable on-line database of Princeton alumni who are willing and eager for you to contact them so they can provide you with advice and assistance. Search the database for Mathematics alumni, to learn more about the careers that people from this major sometimes pursue.
Resources and Information Online
- Sloan Career Cornerstone Center - Mathematics
- Cool Math: Careers in Math
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Mathematician
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Statistician
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Actuary
A professional association is an organization of people who have similar career interests. These membership- based organizations often offer a reduced rate for students that allow access to the many resources they provide. Often professional association websites offer job/internship databases as well as opportunities to find mentors or other contacts. The National Trade and Professional Associations Directory in Career Services can provide more ideas.