Careers with maths

Welcome to our Careers with Maths section, a collaboration with the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and their Maths Careers website. You can browse through the wide range of interviews in the Plus Careers Library and you'll find extensive links to the excellent information available on the Maths Careers website.

The Maths Careers website

The Maths Careers website is managed by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. It provides a single starting point for those wishing to know where studying mathematics can lead. The site has a particular focus on young people between the age of 11 and 19 and provides career profiles and lots more information that will help you follow your own career with maths.

Plus Careers Library

Maths makes a difference - the poster

Preventing avalanches, shaving precious milliseconds off lap-times in Formula One, creating beauty in art, music, fashion and furniture design, testing the powerful engines for new aircraft, planning the Olympics, bringing maths to life on the stage, writing fiction and reporting facts... What do all these jobs have in common? They all use maths!

Our library of in-depth interviews explore the careers of people who use maths in their jobs every day. Browse the library and discover how maths gives you skills that you can use in any career. Maths opens the door onto a wide variety of exciting careers – find out where maths can take you!


Francesca Harris has always known she wanted to work in the music or film industry, and she has found that her maths skills have stood her in good stead as she works her way up.
Adrian Bird, a performance engineer at Rolls Royce, tells Plus that it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. You can follow your dreams to do maths and it can lead you to the skies.

Helen Joyce is a former editor of Plus magazine who now works as a journalist for The Economist. In August she's off to Brazil to be the paper's Brazil Bureau Chief. In between packing and learning Portuguese she has found time to tell Plus all about her varied career and the role maths has played in it.

Chuck Gill caught the space bug as a child when watching Alan Shepherd launch into space. Since then he's worked as a US Air Force navigator, a satellite operator, and in the US intelligence service. These days he's busy reducing carbon emissions and preparing London for the 2012 Olympics. Plus went to see him to find out more about his career.