ABOUT MATHS ADDS

Most of the top 10 best jobs—based on work environment, income, job outlook, stress and other factors—call
 for backgrounds in mathematics and statistics.

Maths Adds gathers together a fraction of online job advertisements from 2017 and the previous two years. The common theme of the ads is mathematics and statistics, but the actual jobs vary across all sectors— health to computing, data analysis to biology and meteorology to finance.

Just about every area of employment will depend, at some point, on handling and interpreting data, and on predicting and modelling outcomes—the kind of expertise offered by people with training in the mathematical sciences.

Maths Adds highlights opportunities available to students who include mathematics or statistics in their degree. While many of the jobs listed here are based in big cities, others offer opportunities to work in regional centres or overseas.

Whether you have a career plan or not, obtaining skills in the mathematical sciences can only add to your future career options!

Maths Adds has been prepared in conjunction with AMSI by La Trobe University. We would like to thank the employers who kindly gave permission to reproduce their employment advertisements in this publication.

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Australia’s Chief Scientist
Dr Alan Finkel AO

Dr Finkel AO commenced as Australia’s Chief Scientist on 25 January 2016. He is Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist.

He has an extensive science background as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist and educator – and as such, he’s a big fan of our Maths Adds. You can read part of his 2017 endorsement below, or click to download the full PDF version.

The power of mathematics is nothing new. Mathematicians have been winning wars, fighting crime, building cities, tackling epidemics and driving research – not to mention getting rich – for quite some time.

The fact remains, they have never been more vital than they are today, in the data-hungry world their skills brought about.

We know that the days when a particular degree led to a predictable career are long gone. Nobody can say where expertise in mathematics might take you. How could they, when there’s no limit to the ways in which those skills can be applied, or missions that mathematicians will be called on to serve?

There’s still one thing we can say for certain. Study mathematics, and the power is yours: to make your future by helping to remake your world.

  • Do what you enjoy. That’s my standard answer to students, especially when they are considering a mathematics, science, technology or engineering degree. Career opportunities are evolving at a rapid rate and these subjects will open doors to an ever-expanding range of careers. Studying mathematics and other STEM subjects will serve you well, even if you don’t yet know where they will take you.

    Dr Alan Finkel AO Australia’s Chief Scientist

  • We know that the days when a particular degree led to a predictable career are long gone. Nobody can say where expertise in mathematics might take you. How could they, when there’s no limit to the ways in which those skills can be applied, or missions that mathematicians will be called on to serve?

    There’s still one thing we can say for certain. Study mathematics, and the power is yours: to make your future by helping to remake your world.

    Dr Alan Finkel AO Australia’s Chief Scientist

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