Career Path

Mathematicians and statisticians solve complex problems across our society. Their job titles are diverse, Actuarial Scientist, Biostatistician, Business Analyst, Cryptologist, Financial Engineer, Market Strategy Analyst, Operations Research Analyst, Research Statistician, or Systems Engineer. Their jobs are practical, they facilitate airport scheduling, circuit design, clinical trials, marketing research, air quality measurement, ground water flow prediction, stock portfolio optimization, election polling and microchip manufacturing and quality management.

Training in advanced Mathematics and Statistics is versatile in its application and great longevity. The application of these disciplines is broadening throughout society. Better information necessitates better data collection using new quantitative tools, algorithms and computational power. Groundbreaking cancer research, detection and prediction; catastrophic weather forecasting; cyber threat intelligence; the mapping of the human genome; even the evolution of the cognitive function in the human brain are based on mathematical and statistical innovations of the last decade. Twenty-first Century cutting edge tools including data mining, machine learning, compressive sampling and cloud-based neural networks are grounded in mathematics and statistics.

The Washington area particularly values advanced mathematical and statistical training. Professionals find careers with defense contractors in Northern Virginia, mortgage lenders and insurers in the District, and biotechnology in suburban Maryland. Many of our government agencies and laboratories that have needs for technical staff with quantitative skills, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Naval Research Laboratory, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and others.

More information on careers may be found on the career websites of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics and of the American Statistical Association.