Your maths, or maths-based degree, is a valuable asset to your future career and there is a wide variety to choose from. Take a look through the Plus magazine careers library to get some idea of the range of possibilities open to you.
The financial sector, the actuarial profession, ICT, teaching and academia are some of the most popular choices, but there are many other careers that you may not have considered. Most areas of business and industry rely on people with good mathematical knowledge, in research and development, management, and as consultants or technicians. The Civil Service, the NHS and many other public sector employers are always looking for maths graduates and here you can combine your maths skills with other interests. In fact, at some level, nearly every profession needs mathematicians and statisticians.
Teaching is an option that is often overlooked, but it is a rewarding career. Currently there is a shortage of maths teachers, and the government is offering excellent incentives for maths graduates to train as teachers. A recent report suggests that maths teachers might be paid more than those in other subjects to attract more graduates.
You may choose a career where your mathematical knowledge is not essential, and possibly one that does not even require a degree. However, you will still find that the skills you acquire by studying maths – the ability to think rationally and to process data clearly and accurately – are very useful, and are highly valued by employers.
Above all, think positively and look forward to a new and exciting part of your life!
Prospects: What can I do with my degree?
The Prospects site offers excellent careers advice.