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Careers

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • actuary
  • biostatistician
  • cryptologist/code designer
  • data analyst
  • epidemiologist
  • financial analyst
  • information technologist
  • investment banking associate
  • market research analyst
  • operations research analyst
  • programming analyst
  • public health statistician
  • quality assurance
  • statistical analyst
  • statistician
  • teacher/professor
  • technical writer

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • accounting firms
  • banks/financial institutions
  • data management companies
  • government
  • insurance companies
  • manufacturers
  • opinion researchers
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • research institutions
  • technology companies

Online Resources

  • Canadian Mathematical Society
  • Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society
  • Be An Actuary
  • Association for Women in Mathematics
  • Statistical Society of Canada
  • Canadian Securities Institute

More career resources are available through the Career Centre’s Navigator portal.

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • junior data analyst
  • operations coordinator
  • software developer
  • underwriting assistant
  • valuation analyst

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Education.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • associate, capital markets
  • financial advisor
  • full stack developer
  • information security analyst
  • junior accountant
  • manager, data and solutions
  • research analyst
  • senior account representative
  • teacher

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers have identified these top four skills as important when evaluating entry-level candidates­. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Construct and evaluate arguments with scientific and quantitative components, and reveal and explain patterns using numerical information.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how mathematical and scientific models can change perceptions of the world and the social implications these perceptions have on actions and decision making.
  • Learn to understand and interpret the world using mathematical models.
  • Examine streams of data in an attempt to discover properties which could predict future data.
  • Find general patterns within specific problems to enhance the understanding of key issues.
  • Study data for the purpose of establishing causes and effect or co-relational relationships.   
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to construct systems and models to simulate situations for testing purposes.
  • Create theoretical models and simulations for use in interpreting/understanding information.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication Skills

  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required. 

  • accounting analyst
  • actuary
  • bank examiner
  • business analyst
  • commodities manager/broker
  • cost estimator/analyst
  • credit analyst
  • data analyst
  • financial analyst/manager
  • investment analyst
  • loan/mortgage officer
  • market research analyst
  • risk management analyst
  • securities analyst/broker
  • statistical analyst
  • systems administrator
  • teacher/professor
  • trading floor analyst
  • underwriter

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • accounting firms
  • banks/financial institutions
  • computer software developers
  • data management companies
  • government
  • insurance companies
  • manufacturers
  • opinion researchers
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • research institutions
  • technology companies

Online Resources

  • Canadian Mathematical Society
  • Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society
  • Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA)
  • Statistical Society of Canada
  • Society of Actuaries
  • Be An Actuary
  • Association for Women in Mathematics
  • Canadian Securities Institute

More career resources are available through the Career Centre’s Navigator portal.

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • business development associate
  • operations analyst
  • optimization specialist
  • sales and trading associate
  • supply chain analyst

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Mathematics, Statistics, Biostatistics, Quantitative Finance.
  • College program: Computer Programming.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Education, Engineering.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • actuarial analyst
  • data analyst coordinator
  • equity research associate
  • financial controller
  • financial service advisor
  • junior trader
  • senior manager, risk and capital analytics

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers have identified these top four skills as important when evaluating entry-level candidates­. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Solve real-world problems in financial mathematics and risk management using appropriate mathematical and statistical software.
  • Develop a knowledge of finance, investing and risk management combined with rigorous mathematical modeling and analytical techniques utilized for problem solving.
  • Develop an understanding of how to effectively reveal and explain patterns using numerical information.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how mathematical and scientific models can change perceptions of the world and the social implications these perceptions have on actions and decision-making.
  • Learn to understand and interpret the world using mathematical models.
  • Examine streams of data in an attempt to discover properties which could predict future data.
  • Study data for the purpose of establishing causes and effect or co-relational relationships.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to construct systems and models to simulate situations for testing purposes.
  • Create theoretical models and simulations for use in interpreting/understanding information.
  • Gain an understanding of the role of the hypothesis in testing ideas to determine risk and cost/benefit factors.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication Skills

  • Construct and evaluate arguments with scientific and quantitative components and communicate effectively in a corporate environment, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Contact Us:

E: mathdept@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2304
Office Location: LH 3054A

Roman Makarov, Department Chair

E: rmakarov@wlu.ca
Office Location: LH 3054C