There is a ready market for graduates with a mathematical training. Besides the traditional careers of teaching, statistics and industrial operational research, there are increasing opportunities for mathematicians in a wide range of professions.
This is certainly the case in the expanding financial sector of business and in consultancy, advising companies on planning and organisational structure. Mathematics is also of increasing importance in modelling environmental and biological problems, relating to pollution and the control of human diseases. It is also central to many aspects of communication, for example in ensuring the security of transmitted data.
Mathematics has a major role to play in computing science, in the design of new hardware and software. One important problem is making sure that software is reliable and does not fail in critical areas such as aircraft flight and nuclear power stations. Mathematics is also contributing to new developments at the interface of Psychology, Computing Science and Biology in understanding how the brain works and how this knowledge can be used to build intelligent machines.
Statisticians are always in great demand. They are involved in the analysis of a range of important topical problems - e.g. standards in education, leukemia clusters and genetic fingerprinting. One expanding area of application is the health care sector - the NHS, pharmaceuticals and insurance. The traditional source of employment for Statisticians, however, is the Civil Service, collecting and analysing social and economic data.
One should also not forget the possibility of teaching Mathematics, which for many has proved to be a worthwhile career. Stirling is an ideal place to gain not only a Degree in Mathematics but also, concurrently, a Diploma in Education.
Many employers recruit graduate Mathematicians not so much for their specific mathematical skills but for the broad analytical training they have received, providing them with the flexibility and adaptability essential in today's business environment.
A Degree in Mathematics can be of great advantage when one is considering a change of career since Mathematics is essential in more and more professions. Having a Mathematics Degree gives one competitive advantage.