Mathematics graduate destinations
Many Mathematics graduates enter fields where their combination of analytical, numerical and communication skills are valued.
Data obtained from
- Single and joint honours Mathematics courses (BSc and MSci), including those with study abroad
- Graduates from the UK
Responses were received from 112 UK graduates from 2017/18; this is a response rate of 60.9%
|Most important activity||Percentage of graduates|
|Paid work for an employer||67%|
|Running my own business||0%|
|Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio||1%|
|Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer||1%|
|Engaged in a course of study, training or research||12%|
|Taking time out to travel||5%|
|Caring for someone||0%|
|Unemployed and looking for work||10%|
|Doing something else||3%|
Regular recruitment sectors include actuarial work, operational research, government statistical and security services, engineering and management consultancy, IT, investment banking, financial modelling, accountancy and teaching.
|Employment sector||Number of graduates|
Accounting, bookkeeping and auditing activities; tax consultancy
Other activities auxiliary to insurance and pension funding
General secondary education
Information technology consultancy activities
|Other sectors (29 sectors)||36|
As 70% of all graduate vacancies don’t ask for specific degree subjects, mathematicians will also find many openings in fields unrelated to their degree. Bristol Maths graduates have entered a whole spectrum of careers from law, community work and sports coaching to filmmaking and the music business.
Employers and occupations
Examples of employers
- Newton Europe
- Sparta Global
- Welsh Assembly Government
Examples of occupations
- Data Analyst
- Software Developer
- Data Scientist
- Project Manager/Head of Strategic Marketing
Many want a career where they can use particularly high level mathematical skills, such as research within universities, engineering, industry, financial institutions and public services.
|Qualification type||Percentage of graduates|
Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)
Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)
Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)
Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)
|Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above||0%|
|Not aiming for a formal qualification||0%|
Explore your career options
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