Maths skills are needed for almost every job role listed on this website, but there are also a couple of job roles that are all about maths:
- Mathematical modellers use maths to make computer simulations so that a number of scenarios can be investigated without any physical experiments taking place. Computer models are particularly important in areas such as setting quotas for fisheries; modelling traffic patterns; and predicting the outcome of chemical reactions.
- Mathematicians study more than numbers – they do research in a wide range of areas, including logic, set theory, geometry, game theory and probability. Most pure maths research happens in universities, and competition for jobs can be very strong as there are a limited number of lecturer roles.
- Applied mathematicians use their maths skills to solve problems in science, engineering, business and industry. People with a strong maths background are also in demand in high-tech digital technology fields such as computer animation, where they develop new ways to model textures and reflections based on mathematical formulae.
Pay rates depend on qualifications, experience and the industry:
- $50-55,000 starting salary for mathematical modellers
- $60-95,000 for mathematicians with a Master’s degree or PhD working in research
Key tertiary qualifications:
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
- Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Science
- A Master’s degree or PhD may be required for research positions
Recommended and required school subjects:
- Calculus (required for engineering pathways)
- Physics (required for engineering pathways)
- Digital Technologies, especially Programming standards
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