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Florida Tech Fiske Guide to CollegesFlorida Tech is one of just nine public and private schools in Florida recognized by the 2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges. The Fiske Guide places Florida Tech in the "inexpensive" category for private schools and lists it under the heading, "Engineering/Top Technical Institutes."

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Careers in Applied Mathematics

Applied mathematics careers involve exploring theoretical content in applied mathematics disciplines such as mathematical biology. Florida Tech has one of only 30 applied mathematics programs in the United States. Providing students the opportunity to pursue the intersection between biology and math, applied mathematics careers involve a great deal of research in such widely varied areas as methods of nonlinear analysis, mathematical modeling and applied statistics, to name but a few.

Career Outlook

Mathematics can be applied to solve problems such as underground water pollution, traffic jams, inflation, unemployment and climate change. Some Florida Tech applied mathematics graduates accept teaching positions or go to jobs in finance or business. One of the most important aspects of the applied mathematics program is that it teaches you how to apply math in areas such as engineering, the physical and life sciences, environmental science, social science and business so that when you graduate, careers in all of these fields will be open to you.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides information about specific jobs including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook. It shares information on applied mathematics careers such as nuclear engineers, physicists, pharmacists and economists. According to the bureau, careers in math are forecast to continue to grow 14 percent on average through 2020. Check the handbook for job descriptions, job outlook and information on similar occupations.

Career Options

Undergraduate and graduate students with degrees in applied mathematics can look forward to applied mathematics careers such as:

  • Actuary
  • Civil Engineer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Economist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Logistician
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Mathematician
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Physicists and Astronomer
  • Postsecondary Teacher
  • Statisticians
  • Survey Researcher

Entry-Level Salary Expectations

Entry-level applied mathematics salaries are reported by PayScale.com to be $50,800 with potential to grow to $102,000. PayScale.com is an online salary information company that helps people obtain accurate real-time information on job market compensation.
Other careers in mathematics that also provide good salary potential are:

Actuarial mathematics: $56,100 – $112,000
Statistics: $49,300 – $99,500
Economics: $48,500 – 94,900

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Potential Employers for Florida Tech Graduates

Employers that have recruited Florida Tech graduates for applied mathematics careers include:

  • Harris Corp.
  • Microsoft
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • NASA
  • Boeing
  • IBM
  • National Defense Agencies
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Economic Development Agencies
  • Public Health Providers and Agencies
  • Consumer Advocate Groups

Graduate & Doctoral Programs

A Bachelor of Science Applied Mathematics degree from Florida Tech offers extensive career options. In addition to the many applied mathematics careers you'll find, you can also continue your education in a graduate and doctoral program. In fact, about 90 percent of Florida Tech graduates who majored in one of the mathematical sciences pursue higher degrees at schools such as:

  • California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech)
  • Cornell University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Northwestern University
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan