SHOULD YOU PURSUE A CARERR IN MATHEMATICS?

Mathematicians are known to use logical thinking and similar skills in their jobs every day to solve problems and develop theories, usually working in finance, engineering or business sectors.


MATHS – IS IT FOR ME?


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 to consider and learn more about maths at degree level.


WHY A MATHEMATICIAN?


Mathematicians are constantly figuring things out and finding solutions to complex problems, and use skills such as designing or presenting mathematical arguments with precision in their work. Many mathematicians after graduation work with programmers and software development as this requires specific skills maths teaches us. As you can imagine, this career leaves a lot of room for creativity and exploring your abilities, since there is no one typical role for a maths graduate to work in. Whether the usual maths career paths are the perfect fit for you or not, remember that employers don’t mind if your degree is not directly related to the job role; graduates are more examined on their relevant skills and capability to learn, so if you think you can critically think and solve problems, then consider doing more research on it.


WHAT KINDS OF JOBS CAN I DO WITH A MATHS DEGREE?


A degree in mathematics is endlessly helpful in all sorts of careers and can help you begin your career in a job with a lot of room to grow and be promoted to higher positions. Some of these careers are:

  • Data Analyst
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Research Scientist
  • Statistician
  • Software Engineer
  • Academics
  • Meteorologist
  • Game Designer
  • Financial Manager
  • Actuary

Not everyone decides to do a traditionally mathematical role after they complete their degree, so don’t worry if you change your mind on what career is right for you. Many graduates make the decision of not using their degree to follow the usual path others might, and find roles that they are both suited and successful in.

Here are some of the most popular routes maths graduates follow on to after university and finishing their education, their career goals, and how much they typically earn. Have a look at the tables below to find out what the ultimate earning potential is for each role and the top ten employers currently employing candidates.



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