The placement rate for Valpo math majors is consistently close to 100 percent.

In the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Handbook, growth for every job listed as a math occupation is predicted to be much higher than average for all occupations. In the age of big data, number crunchers are urgently needed to analyze ever-increasing volumes of data.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ list of math-related occupations represents just a fraction of the kinds of jobs math majors can do. In truth, a math major or minor increases a candidate’s appeal in almost every field: employers value the problem-solving and analytical skills that math teaches. Here are a few of the places where recent Valpo math alumni are currently working or studying.

Many alumni of the mathematics and statistics department go on to become successful educators. In fact, Valpo alumni teach at many of the high schools surrounding the Valparaiso community and are strongly recruited by these schools.

The following table shows some of the schools that have hired recent graduates of the mathematics and statistics department.

 Year School
2013-14 Arrowhead High School, Everest Academy, Knox Community School System, Lake Station Community Schools, Northridge Middle School, Reynoldsburg High School
2012-13 Portage High School
 2011-12 Andrean High School, Centerville Senior High School, Greensburg Community Schools, Nepal English Language Teachers’ Assoc, School City of East Chicago, Veritas High School
 2009-10 Campbell High School, School City of Hammond
 2008-09 Ann Arbor Public Schools, Michigan City Area Schools
 Prior to 2008 Princeton City Schools, Tri West Middle School, Washington High School, Griffith High School
Lake Central High School, Lutheran High School West, Calumet High School, Andrean High School

Degrees in mathematics, actuarial science, data science, and statistics prepare students for employment in many industries and businesses. Alumni from the mathematics and statistics department have been successful in finding interesting job opportunities in these areas after they graduate from Valparaiso University.  Note that in 2012 and prior, listings also included Computer Science majors.

Some of the companies that have hired recent graduates (the past 10 years or so) of the mathematics and statistics department are:

 Year  Company
 2014-15 Cincinnati Financial, Epic Systems (2), Angie’s List, Medix, Ronson Equipment Company, LLC
 2013-14  Milliman Inc, American Income Life, Interactive Intelligence,
 2012-13  Americorps Vista, NSA Media, Orbis Education: Orr Fellowship, Verizon Wireless
 2011-12 BEICO, International Executives Service Corp, Prevention Awareness Network, S & K Schulz, Inc. (Snap-on Tools), HealthCall LLC, Chicago Art Museum, Epic Systems
 2010-11 Caterpillar, Rockwell Collins, HealthCall, LLC
 2009-10 Provident Funding, HealthCall, LLC (2), Vahala Foam, Inc.
 2008-09 EDS Indiana Healthcare, Golden Technologies, Raytheon, City of Waterbury
San Antonio WNBA Silver Stars, True Process Inc
Prior to 2008 Bankers Life & Casualty, EDS Indiana Healthcare, Caremark, Lockheed Martin, AT&T,
Hawkes Publishing, Hewlett Packard, Northwestern Mutual, Department of Defense,
Motorola, Western-Southern Life

Academic excellence in a specific field, while necessary to continue on to graduate school, is not sufficient in itself. A well-rounded undergraduate experience, self-confidence, and the motivation to persevere through the intensity of graduate work are also necessary. At Valparaiso University, we help students develop in all of these areas.

Many of the alumni of the mathematics and statistics department have attended graduate school. As expected, many have continued their studies in mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics education, statistics, operations research, and computer science. However, others have used their degree from Valparaiso University as a step towards graduate work in physics, biology, philosophy, and theology. Still others have gone on to law school, medical school, and respected business schools.

Listed below are graduate schools and fields of study chosen by alumni, going back about 10 years or so:

 Year 
Graduate School (Field)
2013-present
University of Florida (Mathematics), North Carolina State University (Computer Science)
2009-2012
University of Chicago (Physics), Purdue University (Education),
 
University of Minnesota (Actuarial Science), Valparaiso University (Information Technology)
Northwestern University (Mathematics)
Prior to 2009 Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (Comp Science)
Valparaiso University (MBA), Washington State University (Physics),
Northwestern University (Industrial Engineering), Thomas M. Cooley School of Law (Law)
University of Notre Dame (Mechanical Engineering),
University of Nebraska (Environmental Science),
Michigan State University (Physics), Colorado State University (Physics)

 

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