Graduates in Biomathematics are equipped to pursue a variety of careers, depending upon the particular emphasis chosen during their undergraduate training. They may be employed as statisticians, scientific programmers, or in areas of bio-science where training in quantitative techniques is needed. Further, they are equipped to pursue graduate studies in theoretical biology, physiology, biostatistics, statistics, and areas of applied mathematics. This major can also be used for a pre-medicine or pre-dentistry program. A large number of mathematicians work in the Federal Government with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. In the private sector, research and development laboratories, manufacturers of guided missiles, space vehicles, aircraft, and office computing machines are industries providing most of the jobs.

Educational Qualifications

Statisticians typically need a master’s degree in statistics, mathematics, or survey methodology. However, a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for some entry-level jobs. Research and academic jobs generally require a Ph.D.

For jobs with the federal government, candidates need at least a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or significant coursework in mathematics. In private industry, mathematicians typically need an advanced degree, either a master’s degree or a doctorate.

Students desiring positions in medical professions such medicine or dentistry will need to complete additional education. 

Job Outlook

Employment of mathematicians is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of statisticians is projected to grow 27 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Entering Salary

The 2012 median annual wages for sample jobs for computer science graduates are as follows:

Computer support specialist$48,900
Web developer$62,500
Computer programmer$74,280
Computer systems analyst$79,680
Information security analyst$86,170
Computer Network architects$91,000
Software engineer$93,350
Computer and information research scientists$102,190

The 2012 median annual wages for sample jobs for information systems graduates are as follows:

Computer support specialists$48,900
Web developer$62,500
Computer programmer$74,280
Database administrators$77,080
Computer systems analyst$79,680
Software engineer$93,350
IT manager$120,950

Career information adapted from:

  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2013). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/ooh