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A major in mathematics, focusing on statistics, augmented by a minor in computer science and by courses in accounting, economics, general business, finance, or industrial engineering, for example, would provide a solid basis for a business career.

A mathematics major who wishes to prepare for a career in a government agency, such as the National Security Agency or the Department of Defense, or in a technically-related or service-oriented industry would do well to focus on statistics and applied mathematics and to complete a minor in computer science.

The average salary for mathematics and statistics jobs is ~$80,000. Average mathematics and statistics salaries can vary greatly due to company, location, industry, experience and benefits.