Careers in Applied Mathematics

If you look at job ads online, you won't find many requests for applied mathematicians. That's because "applied mathematics'' is not a profession in itself, but an education that can lead to many different professions. That can be a real advantage because as an applied math graduate you are not "typecast''. Years after graduation, as the needs of the economy change, you will be able to use your education to quickly and efficiently retrain yourself for the new opportunities (which may not be the case for many "professionals''). Keep in mind that the days when people stayed in one job for a lifetime are over!

  • About 30% of our graduates go on to graduate school, and get Master's or PhD degrees in areas such as Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, or Engineering. While some of these individuals take positions in research and teaching, others pursue job opportunities in industry, finance, or government agencies.
  • Applied Mathematics graduates with a BMath degree find many different types of jobs, because the skills of problem solving and critical thinking developed in our programs make them versatile and adaptable. These jobs typically involve research and development, software development or consulting, in areas such as:
    • Aerospace (Bombardier, CAE, Raytheon, Spar Aerospace)
    • Communications (Nortel, Mitel, Cantel, Telesat Canada)
    • Energy (Esso, Petrocan, Atomic Energy Control Board, Ontario Hydro)
    • Environment (Environment Canada, Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, Nuclear Safety Solutions, RWDI Consulting Engineers)
    • Health and Medical Technology (Agfa Health Care)
    • Mathematical Software (Electronic Arts Inc., Maple Inc, Mathsoft, Side Effects Software Inc.)