# The A-Z Of Maths Careers

Studying maths opens lots of exciting doors for your pupils – the range of potential career paths is huge. Choosing Maths A Level or a Maths Degree keeps options open, and leads to lots of interesting possibilities. Some pupils find it hard to get their head around this flexibility, as they are used to degrees like medicine which lead down a more obvious path.

As well as there being lots of possible career options, studying maths also scores extremely highly in terms of how much graduates earn – see this article on the earning potential of mathematicians.

To help get your pupils thinking about careers, we’ve created an A-Z list of 26 ideas, but we hope that this is just a starting point. Due to the restrictions of the alphabet, there are lots of others we would have loved to have included.

### Get Your Pupils Involved

You could also ask pupils to make their own A-Z maths careers list. Our list focuses on jobs which are popular with people who have studied an A Level in Mathematics or a Mathematics Degree. Alternatively, you could create an A-Z list which shows how maths is needed in every job, from working in the police, to hairdressing and building.

### The A-Z of Maths Careers

A

Actuary

B

Maths Biologist

C

Climate Scientist

D

Data Scientist

E

Engineer

F

Finance

G

GCHQ/Cyber Security

### H

Hydrologist

I

IT Specialist

J

Journalist (Science)

K

Knot Theorist

Knot Theory is an exciting and relatively new branch of pure mathematics. There are researchers in universities who are working to find out new things about Knot Theory. There are of course other topics in pure mathematics which you could research, however most of those don’t begin with the letter “K”. Knot theory is also useful in the study of viruses.

What is a Knot? Numberphile Video

L

Logistics and Transport Planning

### M

Mathematical Modeller

### N

Nuclear Scientist

O

Operational Researcher

### P

Programmer

Q

Quantitative Analyst (Quant)

### R

Researcher in Applied Maths

This could focus on anything from landmines to flooding to restoring ancient manuscripts.

### S

Statistician

### T

Teacher

### U

UAT Tester

V

Volcanologist

### W

Weather Forecaster (Meteorologist)

### X

X-Ray Expert (Radiographer)

### Y

YouTuber

There are a number of Maths and Science YouTubers. Most will supplement their income with other work such as speaking in schools, writing books and performing in theatres.

The 3Blue1Brown Channel has over 5 million subscribers.

### Z

Zoologist

Studying maths will help if you want to become a scientist, even in a more biology focused area such as zoology. Do your pupils have the option to study post-16 Core Maths?

### Maths Careers Website

Don’t forget to check out the MathsCareers website for more ideas.

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