The logical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills you learn while studying a mathematics degree are highly valued by employers across many job sectors
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Acoustic consultant
- Actuarial analyst
- Chartered accountant
- Chartered certified accountant
- Data analyst
- Data scientist
- Investment analyst
- Research scientist (maths)
- Secondary school teacher
- Software engineer
- Sound engineer
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- CAD technician
- Civil Service fast streamer
- Financial manager
- Financial trader
- Game designer
- Insurance underwriter
- Machine learning engineer
- Operational researcher
- Private tutor
- Quantity surveyor
- Radiation protection practitioner
- 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, a final year project, or a dissertation will be helpful. You could also find out if there is an opportunity to work with academic staff on a research project as part of a summer internship.
Placements are available on some mathematics degree courses in areas such as:
- the Civil Service
- financial services
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 and 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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Mathematicians and statisticians are in demand across a range of sectors and employment opportunities are commonly found in:
- finance, banking and accountancy firms
- government - local, central and agencies
- insurance companies
- IT, business consultancy and operational research companies
- market research and marketing companies
- medicine and health - including private pharmaceutical companies and the NHS
- petroleum and nuclear industries
- publicly-funded research institutes
- space science and astronomy.
Skills for your CV
Studying a maths degree develops 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.
It will also enhance other 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. Postgraduate 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.
You could study a specific statistics course, such as applied, medical and official statistics.
What do mathematics graduates do?
Top jobs for mathematics graduates include programming and software development professionals (11%), finance and investment analyst and adviser (9%), secondary education teaching professionals (9%), business and related associate professionals (7%) and chartered or certified accountant (6%).
|Working and studying||10.2|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Business, HR and financial||39.8|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||8.1|
For a detailed breakdown of what mathematics graduates are doing after graduation, see What do graduates do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.