Just as with ”pure” mathematicians, unemployment is rare. The Applied mathematics programme aims towards employment in the private business sector or in research institutions. It is common to complete projects upon the request of or in connection with businesses. The Applied mathematics programme will not provide teaching credentials on a high school level.
Application of mathematical optimisation models
Within for instance the business sector, health services, economic sector and construction, there is a great need for mathematicians to solve large modelling assignments where different processes need to be optimised.
When i.e. the flow of patients within a hospital needs to be optimised, material costs or use of time need to be minimised, or route planning in different connections needs to be made in the most suitable way, these tasks can be done through mathematical means.
An applied mathematician can thus analyse practical problems, formulate algorithms and draw up and complete large calculations on computers in order to find solutions to improve quality.
Statistical analysis of data
Some mathematicians specialise in statistics and they are very sought-after by institutes for analysis, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. There are many political and health-related decisions which are made on the basis of statistical analyses.
As a good statistician, you are fundamentally good at discovering whether there is statistical grounds for a hypothesis about a chain of events – for instance whether a certain medicine is the “cause” of recovery or if a particular political issue is the “cause” of higher voting rates.