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Maths careers – do the maths!

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If you enjoy maths at school it makes sense to consider it as a serious degree option. 

DC_ABLUAs a traditional, academic subject, maths is a really safe degree option, as many employers realise that if you’re good at this subject you’ll also be good at thinking things through and have analytical, problem-solving and organisational skills which can be applied to almost any job or career. If you want to specialise in a maths-related career as a postgraduate, it is likely that you’ll have to continue in higher education to gain specific qualifications for those professions. Here are a few ideas for life after doing a maths degree…

Engineering design: Engineering design is all about the making of things like aeroplanes, bridges, cars and buildings. You can choose to study maths with engineering at many universities but you can also study maths on its own and do a postgraduate MSc specialising in engineering design. For more info go to: www.postgrad.com/editorial/subjects/engineering_production/ 

QT_MATHSQuantity surveying: Quantity surveying can involve anything from estimating and controlling costs on large-scale building projects, running a country estate to advising industrial property companies. To practice as a quantity surveyor after a maths degree, you’ll have to take a postgraduate Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) course, which takes one year to complete full time and around two years part time. Some employers may take on graduates who have a degree that is not RICS accredited and support and fund them through the postgraduate course. For more info go to: www.rics.org/uk/the-profession/

Teaching: This is a great career to consider after a maths degree – good maths teachers are in great demand and teaching maths can give you a high level of job satisfaction, whether you go into it at primary, secondary or tertiary level. 

If you have a top degree and train as a maths teacher you may be eligible for a bursary from the Government of up to £25,000 to do so. For more info go to: www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/subjects-age-groups/teach-maths

Meteorology: The Met Office usually asks for a first or a 2:1 in maths if you want to study meteorology after your degree. Other employers in this field also like you to have a degree in mathematics and/or physics. 

Anyone wanting to go into meteorology should have: a genuine interest in meteorology and the environment; good mathematical, problem-solving and computing abilities: the ability to interact with a wide range of people which is important in more commercial, customer-orientated careers like operational forecasting. 

For Met Office careers and jobs please see here: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/corporate/recruitment/

Logistics: Have you ever wondered how people, products and information get to all the places they need to go, whether it’s physically or digitally? The logistics and transport industry is responsible for moving things and data around the planet. It is a vital part of the infrastructure of most businesses, great or small and it’s a fascinating sector for maths graduates to get into. www.ciltuk.org.uk/Careers/CareersInformation/Graduates.aspx

About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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