Mathematics & Physics

Career Options

Currently, there is a very high demand for qualified mathematics and physics teachers at the secondary school level. A number of our graduates are employed in the teaching profession. Our graduates are also working as computer programmers or system analysts, running their own businesses, and pursuing further studies in related fields. 

Math graduates are often employed as actuaries and analysts by insurance companies and banks to evaluate the risk and potential profitability of various policies and investments (the additional training that this requires is often completed during employment with a company). There are currently over 1000 Canadian companies that employ physics graduates. A strong background in physics and mathematics can lead to a career in aircraft design, seismic exploration, engineering, laser technology, electrical power generation, pollution detection, medicine, optometry, statistics, accounting, patent law, management science, textbook publishing, criminology, and many other fields.  One Augustana graduate, for example, has earned a Ph.D. degree in meteorology at another university.