Career Maps

We've tailored our coursework to lead to a successful career as an actuarial analyst, math teacher or data analyst.


Actuaries measure risk and discover ways for people and organizations to stay secure.

  • In 2018 almost 72% of actuary jobs were in the insurance industry, 17% in the consulting field and about 9% were in corporate management.
  • Actuary job growth between 2018-2028 is expected to be about 20%, with a median salary of $102,880 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Actuary jobs were rated in 2019 in the top 10 jobs in the United States by Careercast and have continually placed near or at the top of the rankings for the past 10 years.

Requirements to become an actuary

For an entry-level position, you need to pass the first two actuarial exams (probability and financial math) and obtain validation by educational experience (VEE) in economics, accounting and finance, and mathematical statistics.

UMKC major map

We will prepare you to take the exams to automatically obtain the VEE. You can meet the requirements by adding the actuarial science minor to your degree plan.

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For more information, contact Majid Bani-Yaghoub.


Math Teacher

  • Teaching math is a stable career for those who enjoy math. Currently, there is a shortage of math teachers in several states.
  • The median annual wage for high school teachers was $61,660 in May 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Employment of high school teachers is projected to grow four percent from 2019 to 2029.

Requirements to become a math teacher

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics, while taking these education courses.
    • TCH-ED 160- Introduction to Teaching (Fall or Spring)
    • TCH-ED 403- Educational Psychology (Fall, Spring or Summer)
    • TCH-ED 420 Adolescent Development and the School (Fall)
    • TCH-ED 312 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Education (Fall - may be able to add Spring or Summer)
    • TCH-ED 404 Education of the Exceptional Child (Fall, Spring or Summer)
    • TCH-ED 314 Teaching English Language Learners (Fall)
  • Earn a master's degree in teaching - takes one year
  • Complete teacher certification

Questions? Contact School of Education academic advisor Kyle Morehead.

Students interested in teaching can apply to the Institute of Urban Educatrion (IUE) at any time during their undergraduate studies or upon completion of their undergraduate degree. Students receive a Master of Arts in Teaching, which can be completed in three to four semesters. 

Contact Bradley Poos at IUE for more information.

Grants and scholarships for future teachers

The School of Education offers several grants and scholarships, along with other financial aid, for students who are choose to pursue a career in teaching.

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Data Analyst

Data analysts retrieve and gather data, organize it and use it to reach meaningful conclusions. Math majors are needed for a variety of careers in data analysis.

  • Accounting analyst
  • Budget analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Credit analyst
  • Cost analyst
  • Crypt analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Forensic analyst
  • Inventory analyst
  • Market research analyst
  • Operations research analyst
  • Rate analyst
  • Project analyst
  • Program analyst
  • Quality assurance analyst
  • Risk management analyst
  • Securities analyst

Requirements to become a data analyst

A bachelor’s degree in mathematics or a related field is needed for most entry-level jobs, and a master’s degree in statistics or a related field is needed for many upper-level jobs.

UMKC major map

We have created a major map for those who are interested in becoming a data analyst.

First semester

  • COMP-SCI 101 Problem Solving and Programming I (3 credit hours)
  • COMP-SCI 101L Problem Solving & Programming I Lab (1 credit hour)
  • STAT 235 Elementary Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • COMP-SCI 191 Discrete Structures I (3 credit hours) or Math 301 Sets and Proof (3 credit hours)

Second semester

  • COMP-SCI 201 Problem Solving and Programming II (3 credit hours)
  • COMP-SCI 201L Problem Solving & Programming II Lab (1 credit hour)
  • STAT 340/ Math 490 Introduction to Data Visualization (offered in fall, 1 credit hour)
  • Math 314/Math 490 Graph Theory with Applications (offered in fall, 3 credit hours)
  • GEOG 444 Spatial Data Analysis (offered in fall, 4 credit hours)

Third semester

  • STAT 355/Math 490 Introduction to Diagnostic Analytics (offered in spring, 1 credit hour)
  • STAT 360/Math 490 Introduction to Predictive Analytics (offered in spring, 1 credit hour)
  • DSOM 311 Business Analytics II (3 credit hours)

Additional courses

  • MKT 390 Customer Data Analytics (3 credit hours)
  • ECON 425 Intermediate Economic Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • COMP-SCI 394R Applied Probability (3 credit hours)
  • MATH 434 Scientific Computing (offered in fall, 3 credit hours)
  • STAT 496 Internship/Practical Training in Mathematics or Statistics (1-3 credit hours)
  • STAT 436 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I (offered in fall, 3 credit hours)
  • STAT 441 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II (offered in spring, 3 credit hours)

Advanced courses designed for senior or graduate students

  • STAT 5501/Math 490 Statistical Design Of Experiments (offered in fall, 3 credit hours)
  • STAT 5551/Math 490 Applied Statistical Analysis (offered in fall, 3 credit hours)
  • Math 5545/Math 490 Math Methods in Data Science (offered in spring, 3 credit hours)

For more information, contact Majid Bani-Yaghoub.