Career Options

Careers for Math/Physics Majors

  • Physicist
  • Architect
  • Actuary
  • Software Engineer/Developer/Programmer
  • Urban Designer
  • Forensic Analyst
  • Public Utilities Analyst
  • Statistician
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Climate Analyst

Starting Salary*

The typical starting salary of a math major is $36,350. The typical salary after 10–19 years is $83,037. A physics major’s typical starting salary is $48,993. The typical salary after 10–19 years is $101,846.

*Note: Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit

Job Titles of People with Math/Physics Degrees

  • Physicist, Medical/Cancer Treatment Research and Development-Proton Beam Therapy, Hitachi America Ltd
  • Manager, Statistical Programming, Quintiles, Inc.
  • Math Educator, Assessment Technology
  • Simulation Specialist, Raytheon Missile Systems
  • Director of Information and Technical Services, Kansas Electric Power Cooperative
  • Program Analyst, Census Bureau
  • Director of Institutional Retirement Plans, CPS & Associates Investment Advisors
  • Computer Consultant, IET Company
  • Health Physicist, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Major, United States Air Force, United States Strategic Command
  • Deputy Director, Division of Math Sciences, National Science Foundation
  • Associate Scientist, Midwest Research Institute
Note: This information is current for the 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.