Mathematics

What can you do following your Maths degree? Be assured that the skills and aptitudes you are developing on your course are highly sought after by many employers. Maths can be used in a great range of careers, from the more obvious areas of accountancy and finance, to roles in all areas of the economy including engineering, government, healthcare, energy, computing and retail. Your degree is not a vocational one, in that it doesn't prepare you for one particular career or area of work, and there is no one typical job that Maths graduates go into. Very few people have a job entitled "Mathematician" or with "Maths" in the title, and all of this can make choosing a career quite daunting. Don't panic, read on…

Skills

As a Mathematician, you will have strengths in:

  • using a logical and analytical approach to problem-solving
  • high level numerical and IT skills
  • designing studies; collecting, managing, presenting, analysing and interpreting data, and drawing relevant conclusions
  • presenting mathematical arguments and the conclusions from them with accuracy and clarity

You will also have developed through your course the "softer" skills that employers are looking for, such as communication and inter-personal skills, teamwork, organisation, planning and presentation skills.  

For further detail on the typical abilities a Maths graduate has, have a look a the Higher Education Academy Information

Career Options 

One approach to assessing your career options is to look at where other Maths graduates go. Have a look at the What do Graduates Do? pages. HECSUs report shows that the greatest number go into "Business, HR and Finance" (nearly 40%), followed by the IT sector (10%). Top occupations for Maths graduates are finance and investment analysts, accountants and actuaries. However, the range of potential roles is huge, and you are not limited to these areas. 

Maths graduates can typically be found in the following sectors:

  • Finance - banking and insurance
  • Operational Research
  • Computing
  • Statistical analysis
  • Defence, science and engineering
  • Operations and logistics
  • Risk management
  • Teaching and lecturing

To research any of these areas further, the Prospects website is a good starting point, together with some of the more specialist links on this page. It may be that you do not wish to enter a career where you will use your Maths related skills. Your career options are still wide. 

Some questions to ask yourself

  • Do you want to use Maths in your career, and if so which area of Maths are you interested in? 
  • What type of organisation would you like to work for? Large company/small company, private sector, public sector (government, local government, health service, education establishments)
  • Are you interested in a graduate programme/scheme  (usually two years with a large company/organisation)
  • Are you interested in business? Would you like to use your research skills? Would you like to apply your Maths skills in another area of interest, such as the environment, or healthcare, or politics?

Have a look at our Planning your Future pages for further tips to help you think about your career ideas. Book an appointment with a Careers Adviser if you would like to talk through your ideas.

Postgraduate Study

If you are considering going onto further study such as a Masters course, Prospects further study section is useful. For certain career areas such as roles in finance and accounting, you will be required to undertake professional qualifications while you work.

Teacher training

Maths teachers at secondary level in the UK are very much in demand - especially in view of recently announced plans to teach mathematics to 18. The Government awards generous bursaries to candidates who successfully gain a place on a teacher training programme. £25,000 scholarships are also available. For further information on how to get into teaching, go to our Entry into Teaching page, and see the Department for Education's Get into Teaching website.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 14:23