Santa Clara University

Mathematics and Computer Science department

Studying Mathematics and Computer Science

In a world that is ever more dependent on science and technology, mathematics and computer science provide individuals with the knowledge and skills to be part of ever-developing fields that were not even imagined a decade ago. In addition, jobs related to mathematics and computer science are rated among the best jobs in the U.S. today. For example, the top ten jobs for 2011 include mathematician (no. 2), actuary (no. 3), statistician (no. 4), software engineer (no. 1), and computer systems analyst (no. 5). See http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/10-best-jobs-2011 or the Wall Street Journal for January 4, 2011.

In fact, recent projections suggest that in the near future, there will be more job opportunities available for those with competency in mathematics and computer science than those currently studying those subjects. This is in sharp contrast to projected job opportunities in engineering or the physical or biological sciences. For example, see http://www.cis.udel.edu/jobs/market/ for additional information. Also see recent projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics regarding mathematicians at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos043.htm and regarding computer scientists at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos304.htm.

A July 2009 CNNMoney.com news report listed the top 15 jobs after college (in terms of salary), jobs which included those who majored in mathematics or computer science, and included the quote that "Math is at the crux of who gets paid" (see http://money.cnn.com/2009/07/24/news/economy/highest_starting_salaries/index.htm for additional information). An August 2009 New York Times story indicated that one of the highest paying jobs after graduate school is that of a statistician (see http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/06/technology/06stats.html for additional information).


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