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.

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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!


Jason Winborn specialises in human resource management software Peoplesoft, and has been working freelance as a consultant for four years.

Heather MacKinlay's work as an engineer has taken her from the civility of Surrey to the wild west of Australian mining towns and multibillion pound projects in the Algerian desert. And along the way she has also become a successful painter. Heather tells Plus that engineering and painting are just different ways of looking at the world, and how her work as a cost engineer is all about understanding the big picture.

Actuaries use mathematics to model the real world, finding business solutions to the perennial problems thrown up by life's uncertainties. Kathy Byrne tells Plus about life as Actuarial Director of an Insurance Company.
Wen Quek works for an award-winning architectural cooperative based in London. Recently, she worked on the new library at the University of Cambridge's Centre for Mathematical Sciences. As she tells Plus, Wen sees many parallels between mathematics and architecture.