Tagged: Vocational Qualifications

News Article: Highest Paid Jobs in the UK 2011 (Hint: Most require strong maths skills)

Looking through this list, it becomes apparent very quickly that the highest paid members of society have to be numerate.

See the original article in the Guardian here.

1. Head of a major organisation

There is a great deal of statistical analysis required here for producing and understanding reports. Basic numeracy skills are needed to consider budgets, priorities, staff costs, rates, etc. A degree in Economics would be a common stepping stone to this job, which contains a great deal of maths work.

2. Medical Practictioner

Very strong maths qualifications are required to gain a place on the courses that lead to these jobs e.g. a degree in Medicine. There is also a great deal of mathematical work on these courses.

3. Senior National Government Official

Similar to the head of an organisation, there is a great deal of business management knowledge required here – Economics degrees are common.

4. Airline Pilot

To gain entry into pilot Training Programmes, candidates need to pass an exam which demonstrates strong maths skills.

5. Dental Practitioner

Similar to a degree in Medicine, a degree in Dentistry requires strong  maths skills.

At the other end of the scale, the worst paid jobs were also detailed:

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News Article: Schools Maths Should Be More Practical, say Teenagers

A new City & Guilds report shows that while teenagers recognise that maths can be useful in real life, they feel that the maths taught at school can be irrelevant to their needs

See link to original article from the BBC News website here