HOW SOFTWARE ENGINEER CAN BE A GREAT CAREER PATH FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WITH A MATHS DEGREE

Maths is a frequently chosen subject at degree level and is popular with students in younger years as well. It’s stereotypically known for being a subject traditionally challenging, but with hard work, it’s a realistic subject if you want it to be. Many people don’t really know what careers there are associated with this degree, and while it is certainly not impossible to branch out into sectors unrelated to your degree, maths has several lucrative career paths if you choose to do it at university.

Some of these jobs could be in research, software engineering or statistics. Mostly, however, mathematicians are popular candidates for employers as they gain highly sought-after skills that make them well suited to almost any problem-solving job. This makes it well worth considering and learning more about maths at the degree level. This article will be focused on software engineers, their earning potential, and the recommended employers to help you get there after your degree.

SOFTWARE ENGINEERS – IS IT FOR ME? 

A software engineer may be a role that you’ve heard of before; their job involves producing computer software and solving relevant problems that pertain to their work. As a software engineer, your work will be regularly changing as technology is always advancing. Your main job will be to design, audit and increase the efficiency of certain systems and fix any issues in them. However, you might not always be called a software engineer; other job titles that do the same work are systems or web programmer, so be sure to know what each organisation calls its software engineers so you don’t miss out on applying to roles. 

More specific duties you may have to do with this career are maintaining systems by monitoring any faults in the software, investigating new technology, and of course, working closely with other colleagues and clients to ensure the performance of the software is the best it could be. 

In terms of the salary for this career path, it will differ depending on which company you work in, your location and business-like all statistician roles, or any job in general. So, make sure you do some research on where you want to work and not assume that all roles will be exactly identical. Don’t forget that you can use your experience from one job to apply to a statistician position after you graduate, because employers look for skills candidates display on their resumes. 

ULTIMATE EARNING POTENTIAL FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN THE US

Position in Career  Associated Salary (US)  
Graduate Software Engineer 
The beginning of this career path would start with a bachelor’s degree in maths or a relevant subject, as well as a graduate degree. This would give you a strong foundation to build your career on and allow you to be in a great position for your next steps. You might also do an internship to get some real-world experience.  
$68,000 
Qualified Software Engineer 
However, not everyone feels like college is the best fit for them, in which case you can still become a qualified software engineer through another route, whether a college course, apprenticeship or graduate training scheme. Many ways are there for you.  
$79,000 
Senior Level 
Senior-level software engineers have more experience and qualifications than their peers and are responsible for the management or similar roles in a company. You could even be the one giving guidance to other maths graduates like you one day! 
$121,000 

TOP 10 EMPLOYERS

  1. Microsoft 
  2. Prosper 
  3. Nordstrom Inc 
  4. The Home Depot 
  5. Clavax 
  6. Tesla 
  7. Tilt 
  8. Vizient 
  9. Greenway Health 
  10. The Aerospace Corporation

In conclusion, as a maths graduate your options are never going to be limited – whatever path you decide to pursue, and you now know that there are multiple ways of finding a job. Whether you want to teach maths in another country or work in a global organisation abroad, international graduates and regular ones have many opportunities ahead of them. Most employers in this sector accept employees from all areas, so don’t allow your degree to restrict your view for the future. With a little perseverance, you’ll no doubt reach your goal and dream career as a new graduate.


If you are considering studying abroad why don’t you discuss your prospects and opportunities with experts at Lurnable’s dedicated study abroad counselling division LurnPathways?




If you are considering studying abroad why don’t you discuss your prospects and opportunities with experts at Lurnable’s dedicated study abroad counselling division LurnPathways?


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