What Jobs can you get with a Mathematics Degree?

What can I do with a mathematics degree?

What jobs can you get with a mathematics degree?

Mathematics has its place in many industries and subjects. It impacts real-world problems – as well as the solutions to those problems. From more mundane to tasks to bigger problem-solving. Studying for a mathematics degree will help you build the knowledge so that you are able to advise, guide and contribute to the future advancements of many industries.

The skills you learn from being a mathematician such as logical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills are valued highly by employers.

Career opportunities

Natural career paths following an events management degree:

  • Acoustic consultant
  • Actuarial analyst
  • Actuary
  • Astronomer
  • Chartered accountant
  • Chartered certified accountant
  • Data analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Investment analyst
  • Research scientist (maths)
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Software engineer
  • Sound engineer
  • Statistician

 

Career paths where you will have transferable skills:

  • CAD technician
  • Civil Service fast streamer
  • Financial manager
  • Financial trader
  • Game designer
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Meteorologist
  • Operational researcher
  • Private tutor
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Radiation protection practitioner
  • Software tester
 

These should only be used as a guide. Many employers will accept applications from students that have studied various degrees. 

Work experience

Those wanting to find a career centred around their mathematical skills should investigate doing an industry placement – this will help you understand how your skills transfer to the real life world. You may also want to get in touch with the academic departments at your university to see whether they need any assistance on a research project where your skills will be valued and challenged. Some university courses will offer a year’s placement in areas such as:

  • Banking 
  • The Civil Service
  • Computing
  • Consulting
  • Financial Services
  • Retail

 

Having previous work experience will help your application to stand out amongst your competition. You may also want to consider applying for voluntary work – this will show that you are passionate and committed to your chosen career. This will also provide you with the opportunity to network and build a list of contacts who may become useful in the future. 

Typical employers

The skills of a mathematician or a statistician will always be in demand across all sectors and there will be many opportunities available. The most common industries where employment is usually found is: 

  • Education
  • Engineering
  • 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.

How to enhance your CV

Through your degree you will have learnt specialised skills such as investigating, analysing and interpreting data but you will have also developed additional skills which will be transferable if you do not wish to secure a career where mathematics is at its core. Make sure the following skills are highlighted on your CV:

Through your degree you will have developed your 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 will also have developed valuable transferable skills, 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

Many mathematics graduates do choose further study once they graduate, this is because it can be valuable if you are seeking a maths-related career including operational research, medical statistics, meteorology and engineering design. Although this may be a choice, it is also a requirement for many companies that operate in these areas. 

If you do not choose to do a Masters degree and look for employment straight away, your employer may require you to study during employment and complete professional exams. 

What are mathematics graduates doing?

The most popular employment path for mathematics include programmer and software and development professional (11%). Other graduates have explored opportunities as a finance and investment analyst and adviser (9%), secondary education teaching professional (9%), business and related associate professional (7%) and chartered or certified accountant (6%). An impressive 61.9% of mathematics graduates are employed.

Related Courses

BSc Mathematics

Join the BSc Mathematics to learn how mathematics underpins and describes the world around us.

Build the knowledge and skills required to excel in a multitude of professional sectors including finance, engineering, programming, teaching, and mathematical research.

This degree will provide you with a broad understanding of key areas of mathematics, with options to individualise your degree at every level. Choose to study topics from a range of options including statistics, finance, coding and cryptography, numerical analysis, and mathematical biology.

MSc Accounting and Finance 

This one-year MSc programme will equip graduates with all the skills necessary to enter the ever-changing world of Accounting and Finance. 

Complex developments in the field require employers to look for graduates who are adaptable and confident in their knowledge, and UWS London strives to prepare their students for this throughout the course. You will not only gain insight and awareness into the contemporary issues facing this industry but also learn how to apply financial and accounting skills in a practical context, as well as how to use established research techniques to create and interpret data. Additionally, this course allows you to gain a critical understanding of the theory and practices of accounting and financial management.

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