CAREER IN MATHEMATICS
Last updated 05-09-2020
Career for mathematicians
Studying maths helps you develop skills in logical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making, which are valued by employers across many job sectors.
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Chartered certified accountant
Research scientist (maths)
Secondary school teacher
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
Civil Service fast streamer
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
What have other mathematicians done?
Six months after graduating almost two-thirds of mathematics graduates are in employment or combining work and further study.
The top two jobs for mathematics graduates are finance and investment analyst and adviser, and chartered or certified accountant. Other roles in the top five include programmer, software developer and actuary.
A fifth of mathematics graduates are in further study. Of these, 40% continue their education in mathematics and a further 30% are trainee teachers.
Less obvious choices. There are many other career areas which don't necessarily require a maths or even a numerate degree. Many are open to graduates from any degree discipline, for example roles in the media, marketing, management, human resources, procurement, or sales. Over 50% of the vacancies we advertise on our website are for any degree discipline.
Part III is a 9 month taught masters course, leading to an MMath degree for those students who are undergraduates at Cambridge, and to an MASt (Master of Advanced Study) for students who join from other universities.
Part III is intended for advanced students with a high level of self-motivation and the capacity for independent study.