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Careers in Mathematics and Statistics

Skills development

As well as the specific subject knowledge gained from studying an OU degree, you'll develop many transferable and work-related skills that are highly valued by employers and which will increase your employability.

Mathematics and Statistics students develop a range of employability skills, including the ability to:

  • use mathematics and statistics to help develop solutions to practical problems
  • follow complex mathematical and statistical arguments and to develop brief arguments of your own
  • work with mathematical and statistical computer software packages
  • find, extract and analyse data from many sources
  • communicate mathematical and statistical information effectively
  • manage your time and employ good organisational skills
  • work with patience and persistence.

Career opportunities

Mathematics and Statistics graduates are employed in all areas of the public and private sectors, business and commerce, large and small firms, in positions of responsibility that lead to management, but there are also mathematics careers in the self-employment area - as a financial adviser, for example.

The extent of opportunities is great and you'll be equipped with skills and knowledge required for jobs in fields such as accountancy, education, engineering, science, defence and the pharmaceutical industry. There are some careers for which a degree in mathematics and/or statistics is often specified, for example teaching, statistical work (including actuarial work), some types of research and development and some areas of computing.

Career areas directly related to Mathematics and Statistics include:

  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Tax
  • Investments
  • Stock broking/trading
  • Actuarial work
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Operational research
  • Pensions
  • Quantitative analysis/risk analysis
  • Financial engineering
  • Management consultancy
  • Teaching

Your employers

Rigorous academic standards ensure that OU qualifications are recognised and valued by professional organisations and employers. However, we advise you to research your career choices thoroughly and as early as possible, particularly in relation to experience requirements, differences that relate to where you live, or where choice of courses may affect future opportunities. More information about international recognition of OU qualifications.

Interactive career planning resources are publically available on the OU careers web site to help you consider your options before, during and after your studies. Although much of our online occupational information is UK focused, a range of international online resources is also available to assist you with careers research and planning.

As a registered OU student you will be eligible for our full careers service including personal careers advice and guidance and access to our online vacancy service, Job Zone. We also have an Employer Showcase, where you can find out about some of the UK employers who are keen to recruit OU graduates. These include:

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Credit Suisse
  • Heinz
  • KPMG
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