Studying maths helps you develop skills in logical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making, which are valued by employers across many job sectors

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

Work experience

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. Placements are available on some mathematics degree courses in areas such as:

  • banking
  • the Civil Service
  • computing
  • consulting
  • financial services
  • retail.

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 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.

Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.

Typical employers

There's a demand for mathematicians and statisticians across a range of sectors. Mathematicians work in 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.

Find information on employers in accountancy, banking and finance, business, consulting and management and other job sectors.

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
  • self-management
  • teamwork and the ability to work independently.

Further study

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.

For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search postgraduate courses.

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%).

Further study12.4
Working and studying10.2
Graduate destinations for mathematics
Type of workPercentage
Business, HR and financial39.8
Information technology20.6
Education professionals12.3
Secretarial and numerical clerks8.1
Types of work entered in the UK

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.

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