Welcome to the Department of Mathematics

Department of Mathematics at Illinois State University

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What does it take to have a successful career in Math?

Related Skills for Success in Mathematics

  • Logical Thinker
  • Strong numerical computational ability
  • Ability to analyze, interpret data
  • Problem solver
  • Critical thinker
  • Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy
  • Works well in teams

Being Successful in the Field of Mathematics

  • A bachelor's degree is often sufficient for entry-level positions, but an advanced degree may open the door to more upper-level opportunities. Pair a strong background in mathematics with another technical discipline such as computer science or engineering.
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in areas of interest to enhance knowledge and make contacts.
  • Stay informed of new developments and current trends in the field.
  • Gain experience through volunteering, internships, and part-time or summer jobs.
  • Develop competencies in a specific area of interest.
  • Supplement curriculum with courses in business, economics, computers, or statistics for increased job opportunities.
  • Maintain a high grade point average.
  • Build relationships with faculty for career information, contacts, and letters of recommendation.
  • Join related student professional associations and seek leadership positions.

Related Fields of Mathematics

  • Research
  • Development
  • Design
  • Data Processing
  • Testing
  • Operations
  • Quality Control
  • Statistical Processing Control
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Consulting