The Kate Edger Department of Mathematics


There is a wide variety of jobs that you can get with a qualification from the Department of Mathematics.

Mathematics is the way we make sense of the world in terms of quantity, space and relationships. Advancements in Science, Medicine, Commerce and Technology rely heavily on Mathematics.

Mathematics it is the language through which nature, technology and reality is described, it is thus essential for almost every sphere of knowledge and activity in the modern world. Mathematics leads to perhaps more diverse potential careers than any other discipline, from foreign affairs through to research in science, the social sciences, medicine, commerce, computing and information technology.

Mathematics degrees, especially combined with a background in other computational sciences, such as Statistics, Computer Science and Physics, open numerous, exciting and well paid career perspectives.

‘Mathematician’ was the top job in 2009, in the United States of America. It was followed by Actuary and Statistician. Employers value your problem solving skills, comprehension of abstract concepts and analytical and creative thinking.

"I advise my students to listen carefully the moment they decide to take no more Mathematics courses. They might be able to hear the sound of closing doors."
- James Caballero, "Everybody a mathematician?", CAIP Quarterly, Fall 1989, 2(2), p.2

Possible careers include:

  • aeronautics
  • airline scheduling
  • automobile industry consultants
  • brain modeling and imaging
  • circuit design
  • cryptography
  • data mining
  • drug development
  • internet traffic-routing
  • military intelligence
  • oceanography/Fisheries
  • soil-remediation
  • seismic exploration
  • space missions
  • stock market brokers.