Careers for Pure Mathematicians
May 17, 2010 10:02 AM Subscribe
What are you, as a graduate of pure mathematics, doing?
posted by jpcooper to Work & Money (28 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Next year will be my final year of studying pure mathematics. I have been thinking of going into research, but I would like to consider other options. My university's mathematics department isn't particularly involved in helping people with career options, and this is even truer for pure maths students.
I studied computer science along with maths for my first two years. I did a traineeship in programming in the summer after my first year, and realised that it isn't what I want to do as a career. I am still very interested in the theory of computer science. My knowledge of statistics is not great, and I'm not interested in entering a field which requires it.
I don't really know what pure mathematicians do in the universe of jobs in the real world. That is, outside of research. I am hoping that I can have a few suggestions and anecdotes of companies looking for pure mathematicians, what they have used pure mathematicians for, and what skills learnt in studying pure mathematics were used in the job. Thanks in advance.