I'm just wondering how hard it is to find a job and who employs Mathematicians?
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(Original post by VictoriaCoolio)
- 11-02-2017 20:23
I know you need a bachelor's, a master's and a PhD. But I'm just wondering how hard it is to find a job and who employs Mathematicians? And if you would need to move countries to find a job.
A lot of these organisations probably aren't employing maths graduates to do maths for the sake of doing maths, though, e.g. accountancy firms, actuarial firms etc.
Maths graduates generally have excellent career prospects, although lots of them probably don't do maths like they do in university as part of their careers. And this is probably the same for most other academic degrees, like physics, for example.
- 11-02-2017 20:49
You don't just sit and 'do maths' for a company, and there are tons of possible areas to work in.
For example, I saw a maths competition recently which asked entrants to work out the best possible route for visitors around a theme park, where rides were of varying popularity and took varying amounts of time to be used. So there's an example of where a theme park manager might want to employ someone with a maths degree!
Generally however it really depends on what you do in your degree. University courses aren't just a hand-held route from start to finish. At the start everyone learns the fundamentals, but in later years you need to pick specific modules that are of interest to you. There are maths courses in financial mathematics, statistics, applied mathematics, information theory, etc. These all apply to quite different and often very separate areas. So you can't just ask how much can be earned, because it depends hugely on the content you cover on your route through uni.
- 12-02-2017 11:33
Some might argue that finance is the area of maths that makes the most money. But then you'd be better taking a finance degree.
Others might say engineering is the area of maths that makes the most money, because of broad employment prospects. But then they'd be better taken an engineering degree.
To be honest I don't really understand your obsession with the amount of money a maths degree can get you. If you want to get rich, do finance or business I suppose.