When we sit in the classroom at school, trying to decode this entity that is algebra, we may think to ourselves… when am I ever going to need maths when I am all grown up? The only time I’ve used probability is when I’ve been down the casino trying to win those casino bonuses. But what you don’t know is that Mathematics teaches patience, discipline, and step-by-step problem solving skills, as well as all the probabilities, Pythagoras and fractional and decimal theories well need to know. A quick word of advice, whether you’re a student reading this, or an adult, maths is highly important and obtaining that grade can be highly beneficial for you and your career. So don’t waste your Maths grade, apply yourself and try to get the best grade possible because, down the roads in life you will realise how bad you need it.  However, Maths is needed for some of the most unconventional jobs that you might not realise the subject is need for, but here are some of these jobs:


With your most loved films such as Toy Story and Finding Nemo, animators are praised on their artistry, not their maths. But you’d be surprised that maths in actually an important element when it comes to creating their animations. Animators use linear algebra to show the way that an object is rotated, shifted and made larger or smaller.

Special effects

Whether it’s on the big screen watching Avatar or simply watching EastEnders, the special effects team are there to wow their audience and make the ordinary, extraordinary. You must think where does maths come into all this? Well mathematics provides the language for expressing physical phenomena and their interactions. Powerful computing equipment, numerical methods and algorithms are used to make most of the spectacular feats in visual effects industry.

Forensic Scientist

It’s still beyond me how CSI operatives are able to go each day, cutting up bodies without heaving is beyond me and the reasoning of using maths in the career is also beyond me. But forensic scientists use maths principles to figure out the location of the victim when the blood was shed and even the type of weapon or impact that causes the victim’s injury.


You might think that science is the integral subject a doctor needs but there’s more to medicine than just knowing the parts of the body. Doctors use statistics and probability to interpret tests results. When a patient is treated for illness, the probability is used to determine which type of treatment is to be used, maths can be very important because if a doctor is unable to understand statistics could in fact make the wrong diagnosis, which will result in the person loosing there job immediately.


You’d think Astronauts would need more physics than maths, well they need all round intelligence but maths is an important factor in this job as it is used in order to make precise mathematical calculations from how the space craft leaves Earth’s atmosphere to how the astronauts pilot the craft.