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Maths graduates – what to do next

Written by Kimberley Startup | June 1, 2011 | 2 Comments

Maths graduate

Got your maths degree? Wondering what to do next?

Maybe you’re interested in studying maths, but want to know where it could take you?

If you’re interested in seeing where a degree in maths can take you, there are a number of steps to consider.

Get noticed

Although it may not come with a clear career path, your maths degree will open up many doors. In a recent blog post we highlighted how employers are increasingly prioritising ‘soft’ skills. A maths degree will immediately single you out as being highly analytical, numerate and organised with a penchant for problem solving.


Actuarial work is a common destination for mathematicians and statisticians. It can be very popular due to the attractive salary packages. Accountancy is another popular maths career – many employers will even support you through a range of professional certifications. Naturally, joining a major bank or investment firm will open even more doors for career progression.

Scientific research

Many large organisations hire maths graduates to join their research and development teams. The ability to solve problems and swiftly find accurate solutions is highly valued. Graduates often go on to specialise in areas such as meteorology and aerodynamics.


You might be fed up of education by now, but teaching can be one of the most rewarding professions out there. For those truly passionate about maths, this is a fantastic chance to inspire the next generation of mathematicians.


Mathematics is often seen as a language in itself. So what’s to stop you learning a programming language? Many developers and programmers require numerical and analytical skills. There are numerous opportunities available from software engineers through to web developers.

These are only a few examples of possible maths career paths for graduates though. The skills you can learn from studying mathematics are widely applicable to all professions. Make yourself known and you’ll soon be sought after.

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Of course, we’d love to hear suggestions from maths graduates, so please share your ideas and experiences below.

2 thoughts on “Maths graduates – what to do next

  1. Jasper on Reply

    Hi there. I would keep an eye out for entry level software engineering or development jobs – ideally, you want to try and get some commercial experience under your belt. Also, look for opportunities to learn a programming language either in your own time or perhaps through taking a night school module/certification.

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