How to use your maths degree

04/08/2017

Congratulations – you’ve graduated and have your Maths degree – now what are you going to do?

There’s a whole range of careers that require excellent mathematical minds, some of which are more obvious than others. Read on and see which one catches your eye!

 

Directly related to numeracy will be careers in the fields of banking, computing and accounting such as becoming an actuary or chartered accountant. Have you thought about engineering – mechanical, electrical or aeronautical – they all require a mathematical mind. Statistical jobs include roles like a data analyst, investment analyst, market research for business, management consultancy, statistician or within the IT industry such as a systems developer. There will also be jobs in the scientific field as a research and development scientist with biotechnology, meteorology and oceanography.

 

Secondary school teaching is a popular choice – furthering the thinking and developing the minds of students is very rewarding, alternatively there is the retail sector – looking at the business as a whole and predicting trends and fashions.

 

There are other fields not directly related to maths, but where it will be important to be very competent in this area such as roles and careers within the following areas - civil service fast stream, anything finance related, insurance underwriter, quantity surveyor, software tester or meteorologist.

 

Have you considered Cybersecurity? Attracting talent to this exciting profession is a challenge globally, and mathematical skills is one of the key skills required to succeed.

 

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Meteorologist – studying weather conditions and analysing data from weather stations across the world, looking at radar, remote sensors and satellite images – you’ll be interpreting causes to make predictions and forecasts so you’ll need IT skills as well as the ability to interpret complex data – in a world where global warming is on the increase, this is a vital role.

 

During your studies you’ll have developed skills such as investigating, analysing and interpreting data, logical thinking, advanced numeracy skills and dealing with abstract concepts – all of these will be sought after by employers. On a broader basis, you will have also gained communication and time management skills, organisational and critical thinking skills, self management, team working and independent working skills.

 

Further study at Masters level is useful for roles within research, statistics with pharmaceutical companies, engineering design and meteorology. If you’re considering a career in academia and research then a PhD is a popular choice and you could be part of the next series of theories, discoveries and applications of the field. Many roles are bases in universities but there are also positions which involve publishing – and you could be submitting your contributions to journals and specialist periodicals.

 

Maths is a versatile degree and will open a world of opportunities – if you’ve found a different role why not let us know about it?

 

Good luck from the mybrink team!