The skills gained from studying a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) subject at A level or degree level are in demand by employers. Research shows that employees with an A level in Mathematics earn on average 7% to 11% higher salaries than similar employees who did not take mathematics beyond age 16. A wide range of subjects in both STEM and non-STEM fields are underpinned by mathematics. Having a broad mathematical knowledge and secure technical ability will help the transition from sixth-form to higher education. Together with good mathematical skills, employers are looking for the ability to work in a team, communicate effectively and show initiative. Below are links to useful websites with information about:
Information about the many fascinating careers that studying Maths can lead to: www.mathscareers.org.uk
Interviews with people who took mathematics-related degrees, explaining their career pathway and what they do: plus.maths.org/content/Career
Saving lives, making video games and exploring the secrets of the universe – it’s all in a day’s work for a mathematician. Find out more about what is in a mathematics degree and who employs mathematicians
A guide to a range of interesting careers following a mathematics degree. There is also information about specific career routes which may require A level Mathematics, such as Economics.
Useful guidance on careers using statistics
A site devoted to careers in Operational Research including information about the Learn About OR Youtube Channel which shows video examples of how OR is used. The site also gives an overview of the range of careers available in Operational Research.
An independent website which enables students to investigate the link between A level subjects, degrees, careers and earnings. This site is especially useful for students in year 10 or 11 considering which subjects to chose at A level.
The UCAS website has a variety of tools for helping students choose the right course for higher education.
Several Higher and Degree apprenticeships offer routes into careers that are rich in maths, including accountancy, actuarial science, architecture, engineering and data science.