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Why do employers love mathematicians? - Telegraph

Why do employers love mathematicians? - Telegraph





A degree in mathematics nurtures the skills you need for a variety of
satisfying and highly paid careers




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If you know your cosines from your differentials, the future looks rosy.
As a mathematician, you are in a strong position to get a great job,
whether in the banking sector, teaching, computing or many other related
sectors that require analytical and numerical skills.
Kevin Goodman, group director of organisation and development at
Babcock International Group, says: ''We value mathematics graduates
because of their transferable skills: problem solving, logical thinking
and the ability to understand technical information.”
“A growing number of students are choosing maths for a good reason –
they are in demand in the job market,” says Bruce Woodcock, careers
adviser for science, technology and mathematics at the University of
Kent, which has seen its intake of maths and actuarial science
undergraduates rise fourfold, from around 50 per year in 2010 to nearly
210 per year today.
Financially it makes
sense, too. “If students are investing £9,000 per year in tuition fees,
they need that investment to pay. We see many graduates starting jobs
at the higher end of the salary scale,” adds Woodcock.

The
highest proportion of graduates from the University of Kent – 20 per
cent – go into the finance sector, taking on roles in insurance, banking
and risk management, but even more – 21pc – take a higher degree. “This
can be an astute move, particularly if you want to go into statistics,”
says Woodcock.

By far the largest employer in this field is the
Government Statistical Service (GSS), which employs 700 staff in more
than 30 departments, but there is also a need for statisticians in the
pharmaceuticals industry, medical schools, hospitals and in agricultural
institutes.

The GSS has an exceptional number of posts for
Statistician Fast Streamers in 2014, in London and across the UK. The
Fast Stream provides training for graduates who have the potential to
become senior leaders in the Civil Service.

Teaching is also a
popular choice for University of Kent graduates; incentivised by
tax-free training bursaries, it attracts around 20pc. Another 10pc go
into computing. “There’s a massive shortage of programmers and software
engineers and salaries are very good. Computing is also an area that
needs analytical skills, logic and numeracy,” says Woodcock.

Many mathematicians are also recruited into the defence industry and other science and engineering companies.


Paul Barton, 30, studied maths and computer science at the University
of York before entering the graduate scheme at BAE Systems’ Electronic
Systems business in Rochester, Kent, where he worked on an innovative
helmet for pilots of the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. Now a
senior engineer with the leading aerospace, defence and security
company, he says maths gave him an excellent grounding.

“It
taught me how to tackle a range of issues in a logical way. Many of my
peers at BAE Systems also have degrees in core STEM subjects, which form
the basis of their professional skills.”

Barton, who gained
Chartered engineer status in 2011 after five years’ experience and is
now based at BAE Systems’ Advanced Technology Centre in Chelmsford,
Essex, believes maths also helped him gain managerial skills.

“I
now have five research engineers in my team developing technology to
improve computer security and detect malware in systems.”

Now,
when he assesses candidates for year-long paid sandwich placements and
summer placements at BAE Systems, he admits that he looks twice at maths
students.

Find out more at The University of Kent's Mathematics Careers site and try out its online aptitude tests

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