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What can I do with a mathematics degree?

What can I do with a mathematics degree?

Employers see maths students as logical, numerate and committed. They are particularly sought after in the finance sector, as well as in areas such as logistics, retail and consumer products.

This guide should help you think about the skills you have, the jobs they can be applied to, and the options available.

Skills you should have picked up include:

  • logical and quantitative thinking
  • numeracy
  • ability to handle tricky intellectual challenges
  • problem solving skills
  • statistical inference

Mathematicians are in high demand from software companies. If you can prove you can program, you are likely to be in as strong a position as a computer science or IT graduate when applying for roles with these organisations. However, they shouldn't let themselves become blasé; deadlines apply to everyone.

Other good career options for mathematicians include:

  • accountancy
  • actuarial work
  • banking
  • consultancy
  • insurance
  • intelligence and analysis
  • quantitative trading
  • design and development
  • statistical analysis
  • teaching

There are plenty of famous people who have taken their mathematics degrees in other directions. Take these for example:

  • Matt Groening
  • Bram Stoker
  • John Maynard Keynes
  • Art Garfunkel
  • Lewis Carroll
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