Science and Mathematics

Key facts

General UK facts

  • People with science and maths qualifications are very employable and are highly valued by university and college admissions tutors.
  • People with maths and science skills are in demand. Almost all firms, across all sectors, employ people with science, technology, engineering and maths qualifications.
  • Careers in science and mathematics lead to good salaries
  • Not all scientists wear white coats or work in labs. Scientists can be found in all types of employment areas from the more traditional – offices, laboratories, building sites and factories to the less conventional – in a space station, working in the depths of a rainforest, controlling the sound at the theatre or on a running track assessing athletes' performance.
  • Science and maths careers may also lead to periods of working abroad; mainly because these skills are highly sought after - not just here in the UK, but internationally as well.
  • Skilled science and maths professionals are required to solve some of the world’s environmental problems such as finding new energy sources and reducing pollution; but also to develop local solutions such as improving water supplies and developing immunisation programs for common diseases.
  • People with maths and science skills earn more. Starting salaries for science sector jobs can be as much as £32,000, putting them in the top 20% of starting salaries. People who did maths A-level earn around 10% more over their lifetime than those who did not.

South of England facts

  • Within the Oxford, Thames Valley, Solent and South West areas there is a demand for mathematicians and statisticians across a very wide range of sectors including the National Health Service, local councils, pharmaceutical industry, insurance companies, market research and marketing companies, banks, accountancy firms, universities, colleges and schools.
  • The South West is a major centre of biomedical and health research, with internationally recognised expertise, employing approximately 15,000 people in some 450 companies. People with high level science and maths skills are also needed to work in the related pharmaceutical and medical technology industries.
  • The South West and Solent has a diverse and high quality natural environment which has created a demand for people with science and maths qualifications to work in these sectors. These growing areas include the environmental sector (protecting the environment), renewable energy sector (exploring new technologies to produce energy) and low carbon sector (alternative fuels for vehicles and building technologies, energy management).
  • Find out detailed information about employment in the West of England 2015 for any number of paths you could take.

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