What kind of job can I get with a major in mathematics?

The shorts answer is: whatever job you want! Mathematics prepares you for a career in a diverse range of areas, and as science and technology become integrated into more and more aspects of our lives, employers are clamoring for employees with mathematical skills and problem-solving abilities.

Some careers that a math major is especially good preparation for are the following:

In his recent book The Jobs Rated Almanac, author Les Krantz ranks 250 jobs according to six criteria: income, stress, physical demands, potential growth, job security, and work environment. The top ten, according to Krantz, are
  1. Web Site Manager
  2. Actuary
  3. Computer Systems Analyst
  4. Software Engineer
  5. Mathematician
  6. Computer Programmer
  7. Accountant
  8. Industrial Enginer
  9. Hospital Administrator
  10. Web Developer
Note that mathematician is 5th on the list, and that every job in the top ten requires significant mathematical reasoning and knowledge.