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The Mathematics Department Career Advisor is Dr. Lizette Zietsman.

Spring 2021 Career Fairs

What to do with a math degree? Talks by Mathematicians Working in Industry

The SIAM Student Chapter at Virginia Tech will host a number of talks for the "Mathematics in Industry" speaker series. The speakers will describe the path they followed to reach this point in their careers and also discuss their industry and how mathematics is used. The is a great opportunity to meet the speaker and learn about careers in mathematics. The presentations will be roughly 30 minutes followed by Q&A. 

Spring 2021 talks have completed. Next talk: Fall 2021

Other Career-Related Events and Talks

Monday, May 3 @ 5pm [REGISTER HERE]

This spring, the Virginia Tech chapter of the Association for Women in Math is hosting "AWM Research Days": a series of research talks by faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students, aimed towards undergraduate students interested in research. We hope you will join us for the final talk of the semester given by Isabel Byrne!

Speaker: Isabel Byrne

Title of talk: Failed Power Domination for Families of Graphs

Hokie Mentorship Connect

As a Virginia Tech undergraduate student you will have access to Hokie Mentorship Connect, an official online platform that will help foster connections between students and alumni around the world. Hokie Mentorship Connect will help facilitate career-related conversations between you and Virginia Tech alumni. This platform will give you an opportunity to seek knowledge and advice, explore career fields in which you are interested, and build your professional network with alumnus from around the world. At the same time, it provides alums the opportunity to make a difference in the lives and careers of Virginia Tech students and an opportunity to give back to their alma mater by sharing personal and professional experiences with current students. MORE INFO HERE

Math Job and Internship Opportunities

Many organizations advertise math-related internships on their websites. Some examples are below:

Other places you might search "math summer internship" are Glassdoor, SimplyHired, Careercast, LinkedIn, and Indeed. For example, here is the result of a "math summer intern" search on Indeed.com.

List of Summer 2021 REU and Internship Programs for Math Majors: Click here for information

On-campus internship through Campus internEXP: Click here for information

The Mathematics Department and other offices around campus employ both undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of positions that require a math background.

Have an interview coming up and need a bit of practice? InterviewStream is an ideal tool to help ensure you're putting your best foot forward!

  • It's available 24/7 to all VT students, employees, and alumni.
  • It has a "like" and "um" counter.
  • You can choose the questions you'll be asked.
  • You can save your interview to view later.
  • You can send a link to your interview to ask for feedback from others.

Additionally, if you want a real, live person to practice your interview skills with, set up a practice interview appointment with a Career and Professional Services Career Advisor via Handshake!

More Career-Planning Resources

Employers of Recent VT Math Majors: Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Amazon, Booz Allen Hamilton, Capital One, Deloitte, GEICO, Google, Hilton, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, MIT Lincoln Lab, NSA, Raytheon

Job Titles of Recent VT Math Majors: Business Technology Analyst, Cognitive Analyst, Cyber Security Engineer, Data Scientist, Database Manager, Deep Learning R&D, High School Math Teacher, Operations Research Analyst, Python Developer, Research Associate, Software Engineer, Spacecraft and Satellite Operations Tech, Technical Consultant, Web Developer

The average starting salary for May 2019 VT Math graduates was $76,345.

25% of May 2019 VT Math graduates pursued Master's degree programs.

Note: All information above is based on information voluntarily reported to the Mathematics Department by recent VT Math graduates.

VT student post-graduation information from Career and Professional Development.

Math-major post-graduation information from Career and Professional Development.

The top "I wish I had..." responses from the 2019 math graduates surveyed:

  • learned more, or earlier about career options
  • asked advisors, staff, and professors for advice earlier or more often
  • gotten more experience related to their major or career goals before graduating

The most common first methods of contact that 2019 math graduates had with their employer were: