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Career opportunities after a maths degree

Mathematics offers a huge variety of career opportunities. It is important to plan ahead and know about your options.

The following guide is designed to help you navigate through the maze of career options that exist for maths graduates. Each of the pages below offer an insight into relevant careers for maths graduates, including a description of career, the skills required, the pros and cons, as well as useful links.

Possible career choices:

Accountancy Professional Services

Got a passion for business? A career in accountancy and professional service is a fantastic way of using the skills you’ve picked up during your degree. The industry is huge, offering variety and great career prospects. Click below to find out more:

The Actuarial Profession

Actuaries use mathematical and statistical modelling to predict future events that will have a financial impact on an organisation. The actuarial profession offers a highly mathematical career, in a rapidly expanding field. Click below to find out more:

Banking – Investment Banking

Investment banks offer financial advice and services to large corporations, governments and high-net-worth individuals. A career in investment banking can be highly lucrative and fast paced. Click below to find out more:

Banking – Retail Banking

Retail banking covers the activities of the main high street banks; that is, providing financial services and products to individuals and businesses. There are a huge variety of jobs in retail banking, many of which are customer facing and allow you to utilise your maths degree. Click below to find out more:

Computing ICT

ICT is now a huge industry, providing huge opportunities for maths graduates. If you’ve got a nack for computers then a career in this industry could provide you with the perfect opportunity to apply your maths degree. Click below to find out more:

Engineering Sciences

Applying your mathematics skills to solve real-world, physical problems is incredibly rewarding. Engineering offers such a career. The breadth of the engineering industry, and therefore the career possibilities, is huge; every modern man-made object will involve some level of engineering. Click below to find out more.

A natural leader? If you have a flair for management and organising resources then you should consider a career in management. There are a huge variety of roles on offer with countless organisations and businesses. Click below to find out more:

Operational Research

Operational research is the science of improving efficiency and making better decisions. In an operational research career you will be able to use your advanced mathematical and statistical knowledge to improve the operations of organisations. Click below to find out more:

Postgraduate Study – MSc Taught Courses

Whether you want to further you knowledge in a particular field, gain professional qualifications or to change your field of study; there is a qualification for you. Click below to find out more:

Postgraduate Study – Phd

Studying for a PhD in mathematics offers the incredible opportunity to make an original contribution to mathematics. A PhD is also a prerequisite for a career in academia and research. Click below to find out more:

Statistical research

In a world surrounded by data statisticians are highly sought after to analyse and make sense of it, to provide usable information to businesses and governments. Click below to find out more:


A career in teaching offers unparalleled job satisfaction. With a huge shortage of maths teacher in the UK, the government is offering substantial rewards for maths graduates to enter the profession. Click below to find out more:

Other Careers:

The list above is only a selection of the many careers open to maths graduates. Visit the Careers and Employability Services to explore other career ideas you may have.

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