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In our data-driven society, our graduates find their skills in demand for roles such as business analysts, actuaries, statisticians, and web developers. Others have been successful in graduate programs as varied as economics, applied statistics, physics, and computational biology.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reports that demand for mathematicians is projected to grow 21 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, with an average starting salary of $52,821. In addition to their role in basic research, mathematicians are valued in many industries to analyze the increasing volume of digital and electronic data.

Alumni careers

  • Internship, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Class of 2018)
  • Americorps, Willis Dady Shelter, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Class of 2018)
  • Data scientist, East Agile, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Class of 2017)
  • Math associate, South East Junior High, Iowa City, Iowa (Class of 2017)
  • Special education and math teacher, Monmouth Roseville Junior High, Roseville, Illinois (Class of 2017)
  • High school math teacher, Walter Payton High School, Chicago, Illinois (Class of 2017)
  • Software Engineer, Infosys, Indiana (Class of 2017)
  • Middle and high school math teacher, Lone Tree Community School District, Lone Tree, Iowa (Class of 2016)
  • Data analyst, Bloomberg L.P., Seattle, Washington (Class of 2015)
  • Actuarial student, Transamerica Life Insurance, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Class of 2015)
  • Web developer, AppealingStudio, Frisco, Texas (Class of 2015)
  • Web developer, Go Green Enterprises, Cedar City, Utah (Class of 2015)
  • Quantitative analyst, NuFit Media, Boston, Massachusetts (Class of 2015)
  • Server systems staff, Epic Systems, Madison, Wisconsin (Class of 2015)
  • Technical systems analyst, Epic Systems, Madison, Wisconsin (Class of 2015)
  • Analyst, PMM Partners Ltd., Yangon, Myanmar (Class of 2014)
  • Benefits operations manager, Aon Hewitt, Lincolnshire, Illinois (Class of 2014)
  • Risk analyst, Aegon Asset Management, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Class of 2014)

Graduate schools attended

  • Ph.D., biostatistics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (Class of 2018)
  • M.M., percussion performance, University of Kansas (Class of 2018)
  • Ph.D., economics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (Class of 2015)
  • Ph.D., statistics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina (Class of 2013)
  • Ph.D., physics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky (Class of 2013)
  • M.A., statistics, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio (Class of 2013)
  • Ph.D., political economy and government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Class of 2012)
  • M.S., applied statistics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (Class of 2012)
  • M.S., computational mathematics, Stanford University, Stanford, California (Class of 2012)
  • M.S., organic chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Class of 2012)