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Applied mathemics career prospects - Msc enough?

  1. Aug 28, 2012 #1

    Looking for advice and information concerning the job prospects for a person holding a masters degree in applied mathematics - how good are they, and how much more opportunities would a PHD provide?

    How many graduates overall continue on to receive their phds?

    How do private employers value this degree in relation to each other? Note, that I am not particularly intrested in a academic career. My personal interests lie in the field of engineering.

    Basically is there a place in the job market for a masters degree holder?

    Thank you.
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  3. Aug 28, 2012 #2
    Actuarial science, mathematical finance or technical computing/industrial mathematician. Actually you can do much more with a math degree as well, as long as the employer appreciates a "problem-solver".

    If your interests lie in engineering, then you should study engineering or seek for a position in an engineering design firm. Although good mathematics skills are useful, you'll need domain knowledge and practice in engineering.

    Those who are interested in research and/or university level teaching in mathematics. Math PhD is quite tough, because of the high level of mathematical knowledge needed to contribute to research.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2012
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