Studying maths helps you develop skills in logical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making, which are valued by employers across many job sectors
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Actuarial analyst
- Chartered accountant
- Chartered certified accountant
- Data analyst
- Investment analyst
- Research scientist (maths)
- Secondary school teacher
- Systems developer
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Civil Service fast streamer
- Financial manager
- Financial trader
- Insurance underwriter
- Operational researcher
- Quantity surveyor
- Software tester
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
If you're keen to use your mathematical skills in your chosen career, a relevant industrial year out or final year project/dissertation will be helpful. Placements are available on some mathematics degree courses in areas such as:
- the civil service
- financial services
There are also sometimes opportunities to work with academic staff on a research project as part of a summer internship. Whatever role you apply for, having previous work experience will help your application stand out. Paid or voluntary experience in a relevant field will show your interest in, and commitment to, your chosen career and will give you the opportunity to build a network of useful contacts, as well as develop key skills.
If you want to train as a teacher once you've completed your degree, you'll need experience of working with children in a classroom and/or related setting, such as play schemes or sports clubs. Classroom experience, whether as an observer, classroom assistant or volunteer, is essential.
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There is a demand for mathematicians and statisticians across a range of sectors, for example the petroleum and nuclear industries, medicine and health, IT, business consultancy and operational research, space science and astronomy, as well as many forms of engineering and different government departments.
Typical employers include:
- the NHS
- local and central government
- educational establishments
- the pharmaceutical industry
- IT companies
- engineering companies
- insurance companies
- market research and marketing companies
- finance, banking and accountancy firms.
There are also opportunities for employment with publicly-funded-research institutes or government agencies.
Skills for your CV
A maths degree helps you develop skills in:
- designing and conducting observational and experimental studies
- investigating, analysing and interpreting data, finding patterns and drawing conclusions
- information technology
- approaching problems in an analytical and rigorous way, formulating theories and applying them to solve problems
- dealing with abstract concepts
- presenting mathematical arguments and conclusions with accuracy and clarity
- advanced numeracy and analysing large quantities of data
- logical thinking.
You also develop key general skills that all employers expect, including:
- communication skills
- time management
- organisational skills and working methodically and accurately
- decision-making skills
- teamwork and the ability to work independently.
Further study is a popular option for mathematics graduates. Postrgraduate study at Masters level, for example, can be useful for some maths-related careers such as operational research, medical statistics in pharmaceutical companies, meteorology and engineering design. A PhD may be helpful for finding work in these areas and is essential for academic careers.
Most finance-related careers and actuarial work require further study during employment to complete professional exams. You'll typically be expected to study in your own time.
Specific statistics courses exist as well, such as applied, medical and official statistics.
What do mathematics graduates do?
Six months after graduating almost two-thirds of mathematics graduates are in employment or combining work and further study.
The top two jobs for mathematics graduates are finance and investment analyst and adviser, and chartered or certified accountant. Other roles in the top five include programmer, software developer and actuary.
A fifth of mathematics graduates are in further study. Of these, 40% continue their education in mathematics and a further 30% are trainee teachers.
|Working and studying||7.3|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Business, HR and financial||42.8|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||8.2|
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.