I'm in my third year of a masters degree in mathematics. My plan A is to try to get onto a PhD in something pure and go from there into academia. As such, I am only taking pure modules in my third and fourth years (With a couple of exceptions of applied modules). However , I've struggled to identify a plan B that I can get behind. I've tried searching career prospects on google and looked around , but it seems like the suggestions are tailored to those with finance and economics flavored mathematics degrees ...

I guess the only use for pure guys that I'm aware of is in education and research (high school up to university level etc). My question is , what other areas of work would I be employable for as a holder of a (mostly) pure degree? It seems as though all the options are unrealistic unless I take a second degree (not happening).

In case you are wondering , here is a break down of what will probably be my final degree:

Statistics: an introductory module in the first year , nothing more.

Discrete: Some very basic game theory , a second year module in algorithms , some graph theory this year.

Applied: A classical mechanics and applied vector calculus module , both in year two. A pretty detailed course on PDE's this year.

Pure: The standard stuff in years one and two. This year , Galois theory , hilbert spaces , algebraic topology , complex analysis and (probably) group theory dissertation. Year four will be some basic hyperbolic geometry , geometric group theory and semi group theory , differential geometry and a dissertation on who knows what.

As you can see , lots of pure but not a great idea of what to do with it besides academia. All advice appreciated.

My regards,

Magnitude.