While maths is a fundamental subject for much of science and technology, there are numerous other routes you can take with your degree...
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
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A relevant industrial year out or final year project/dissertation will always be helpful for the more mathematically orientated careers.
Whatever role you apply for, having previous work experience will always stand you in good stead. Statisticians, developers and engineers all benefit from any paid or unpaid work experience gained, as it shows an interest in, and commitment to, their chosen field.
Evidence of working with children in play schemes or sports, and/or in a classroom is required if you're interested in teaching, even though maths is currently a shortage subject. Classroom experience, whether as an observer, classroom assistant or volunteer, is invaluable.
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There is a demand for mathematicians and statisticians across a wide range of sectors. With a mathematics degree you could pursue a career in the petroleum and nuclear industries, in medicine or IT, as well as many forms of engineering and varied government departments.
Those who have specialised in statistics can find work in the NHS, local councils, educational establishments, the pharmaceutical industry, insurance companies, market research and marketing companies, banks and accountancy firms. There are also opportunities for employment with publicly funded research institutes or government agencies.
A maths degree gives you skills in:
You will also have the general skills that employers expect, including:
A Masters may be necessary for some maths-related careers, unless you have a specialist mathematical degree, such as statistics, or done a relevant year in industry placement. This applies to operational research, medical statistics in pharmaceutical companies, meteorology and engineering design.
A PhD may also be helpful for finding work in these areas and is essential for academic careers.
Other careers, including most finance-related careers and actuarial work, require further study during employment to complete professional exams. You'll be expected to study partly in your own time.
Specific statistics courses exist as well, such as applied, medical and official statistics.
Well over half of mathematics graduates are working within six months of graduation, with nearly 15% combining work with further study, often for finance-related examinations. Careers are wide ranging, although business, finance and associate professional roles are a clear favourite with 40% of graduates entering these fields.
Nearly a quarter of maths graduates enter full-time further study, including academic higher degrees and vocational diplomas, and certificates such as a PGCE for teaching.
|Working and studying||14.3%|
|Business and financial||40.9%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||9.9%|
For a detailed breakdown of what mathematics graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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