15 months after graduating
96% of our mathematics and statistics graduates are in work or further study
83% of mathematics and statistics graduates in highly skilled work said their degree was a formal requirement or gave them an advantage*
Mathematics graduates can be found working in just about every industry however those popular with graduates include accountancy, banking, insurance, finance, education, health and other commercial and management careers. There are also rapidly-growing opportunities in the technology sector. Government departments such as the Office for National Statistics as well as the intelligence and security services such as GCHQ and MI5 are also eager to recruit mathematics graduates.
Statistics specialists are highly sought-after in a range of industries, notably pharmaceuticals and health, within the banking and financial sector as well as the Civil Service Office.
Education students attracted to teaching in primary and secondary schools might also be interested in teaching opportunities within further education colleges and adult education. They are also well-suited to educational outreach roles which can be found within Universities, museums (think Science Museum and the Big Bang!) and societies such as the British Science Association, the Institute of Physics and Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. With your love of the subject and ability to convey it to different audiences, you are well-placed to inspire the mathematicians and scientists of the future! Take a look at the TargetJobs Education Alternatives to explore the possibilities.
The Finance sector incorporates Accounting, Banking, Insurance, Investments and Pensions and Tax. The Prospects Accounting, Banking and Finance sector page provides an excellent, digestible overview of this the sector together with potential occupations to consider. Mathematics graduates, with their logical and analytical approach will fit in well but should be prepared for further study towards professional qualifications in areas such as the Accountancy and Actuarial professions.
Theoretical Physics graduates may be interested in research-based roles, developing new ideas and technologies within academia and government research facilities such as DSTL exploring areas as diverse as astronomy, optical engineering, defence, meteorology and nuclear medicine. Within industry, Research and Development teams continue to advance develop new technologies within telecommunications, materials, renewable energy, aerospace and automotive engineering.
Other fascinating possibilities include medical physics, meteorology, optical engineering, environmental consultancy, patenting and air traffic control!
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Researching your career options
With such a wide range of careers open to you a Mathematics graduate, it is important to make sure you explore and research your options thoroughly so that you can make informed decisions about your future. Take a look at the Prospects, TargetJobs and other useful websites for inspiration:
When surveyed 15 months after graduation, mathematics graduates across the UK 41% were engaged in employment as business, HR or finance professionals; 12% as Information Technology professionals; 9% classed themselves as education professionals while a further 6% were employed in clerical positions. 25% of graduates were continuing to study at postgraduate level to specialise further or pursue a career in research.
Below is a snapshot of what some of University of Plymouth mathematics graduates told us they were doing 15 months after graduation. For some graduates, these jobs serve as ‘stepping stones’ to other roles by providing relevant workplace experience.
- Actuarial Analyst
- Analytical Assistant
- Audit Associate
- Business Analyst
- Business Owner
- Case Officer
- Data Analyst
- Data Analytics Graduate
- Dphil Earth Sciences
- Graduate Analyst - Software Development
- Health And Safety Quality Environmental Systems Coordinator
- Investment Administrator
- Management Information Analyst
- Maths Teacher
- Medicines Data Management Analyst
- Payroll Assistant And Trainee Accounts Assistant
- PC Fleet Refresh Technical Assistant
- Pega Consultant
- Project Manager
- Research Analyst
- Research Assistant In Medical Statistics
- Secondary School Teacher
- Senior Head Surf Instructor
- Software Developer
- Statistical Officer
- Systems Analyst
- Technology Graduate
- Trainee Actuary
- ACT Ltd
- AiG Life
- Babcock International
- Brittany Ferries
- Carter Community School
- Centerprise International
- Delaware Digital
- DXC Technology
- Fidelius Group
- Financial Services 4 Schools
- Francis Clarke
- Harris Academy South Norwood
- Home Office
- Humphrey Davy School
- Key Claims and Administration Services Limited
- Labb B.V
- MSA Latchways
- OVO energy
- Oxford University
- Plymouth Community Homes
- Poltair School
- Ready (Cornwall) Ltd.
- RX-Info Ltd
- Southern Rock Services
- Stoke Damerel Community College
- University of Plymouth
- Zurich Insurance ACT Ltd
*Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Surveys of 2017/18 and 2018/19. Graduates were surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for 27 UK-domiciled, first degree, full-time graduates who are working, studying or looking for work.