What is Mathematics?
Mathematics has provided the foundations for many of the greatest discoveries and innovations of the last century. Its origins date back to ancient times when algebra and geometry were used for commercial purposes, measuring crops/fields, and valuing money.
Today, Mathematics provides both the theoretical frameworks and applied tools to address problems in commerce, technology and science.
What makes Mathematics at UTSC unique?
With depth and rigor, mathematics provide a foundation for further study in any area of academic inquiry, and a myriad of career paths.
Skills of Mathematics Grads
- Developing computational methods and applying mathematical theories and techniques to solve practical problems in business, engineering, the sciences, or other fields.
- Developing mathematical or statistical models of phenomena to use for analysis or for computational simulation.
- Assembling sets of assumptions and exploring the consequences of each set.
- Addressing relationships of quantities, magnitudes, and forms through the use of numbers and symbols.
- Performing computations and applying methods of numerical analysis to data.
- Developing new principles and new relationships between existing mathematical principles to advance mathematical science.
- Designing, analyzing, and deciphering encryption systems to transmit military, political, financial, or law-enforcement-related information in code.
Entry-Level Jobs for Bachelor Grads
Common employment destinations include:
- Quantitative Analyst in Corporations
- Business Intelligence Specialist in Telecommunications
- Business Analyst in Financial Services
- Logistics Analyst in Manufacturing
- Supply Chain Analyst in Wholesale Services
- Application Developer in Technology Consulting
- Technical Analyst in Software Development
- Data Warehouse Consultant in Data Management
- Actuarial Analyst in Compensation Consulting
Mathematics Grads from UTSC have gone on to:
- Aon Hewitt (Lead Systems Analyst)
- CIBC (Test Analyst)
- Intelex Technologies (Application Developer)
- CSA Group (Certification Engineer)
UTSC graduates from Mathematics are working in education, research, and information technology.
Graduate & Professional Studies
Popular further education opportunities include:
- Mathematics (Pure) – Master of Science or Arts
- Applied Mathematics – Master of Science or Arts
- Actuarial Science – Master
- Combinatorics (Cryptography) – Master
- Biostatistics – Master of Science
- Management and Accounting – Master
- Management and Operations – Master
- Business Administration – Master
Examples of Fields that ‘Fit’ the Skills of Mathematics Grads
- Software Development
- Consulting Firms (Actuarial, Information Technology)
- High Tech Manufacturing
- Hospitals & Medical Research Organizations
- Financial Services & Accounting
- Government (Federal, Provincial, Regional, Municipal)
Your 4-Year Career Exploration Action Plan
1. Do Your Research
The databases below provide you with details about job prospects, nature of work, educational requirements, working conditions, pay and related career paths:
- Career Cruising: Log into cln.utoronto.ca, click on Resources, and click on Career Cruising to be logged in automatically
- O*Net: online.onetcenter.org (U.S. site)
Use the advice on our tip sheets for gathering information:
- Information Interviews
- Working On-Campus
2. Explore Career Options & Get Experience
- Extern Job Shadowing
- In the Field
- Explore It! (course-based)
- Partners in Leadership (4th year students)
- iLead, uLead, weLead (Department of Student Life)
- Employer Information Sessions
- Career & Volunteer Fairs
- Departmental Student Association Events
As a graduate, explore internships and other trainee programs like Career Edge.
3. Build Your Network
Explore professional associations and get involved! Volunteer for their events and get to know people in your industry of interest. These are your future mentors, supervisors and colleagues!
- Association of Mathematical and Computer Science Students
- Canadian Mathematical Society
- Canadian Applied & Industrial Mathematics Society
- Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research
- Statistical Society of Canada
- Statistics Canada
- Computing Research Association
- Canadian Institute of Actuaries
- Canadian Operations Research Society
Please note: This information is a starting point for your further research into career options in this field of study. For more information on this program and course requirements, please visit the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.