Many varied industries use mathematical and statistical skills. Employment opportunities for people with a strong mathematical and statistical background are expected to grow strongly for the next few years. Most careers in areas such as engineering, system analyses, accounting and building require an understanding of mathematics or statistics.
Points to consider when looking at potential careers in Mathematics and Statistics include:
- Look at a number of discipline areas, due to the multi-disciplinary nature of the science;
- Many scientific and technological roles offer further specialised training on the job;
- Graduate entry programs offer on the job training;
- Many jobs, especially at entry level, are looking for generic skills that have been developed during your degree, rather than particular scientific knowledge;
- Further study and qualifications may be necessary to progress your career, depending on the particular field.
Jobs in Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematicians may choose a career in mathematical research and education, or utilise mathematics and its applications to build and enhance important work in the sciences, business, finance, manufacturing, communications and engineering.
Statistics is a discipline that is concerned with designing experiments and other data collection, summarising information to aid understanding, drawing conclusions from data, and estimating the present or predicting the future.
Production Schedulers typically work in manufacturing and mining. They schedule manufacturing and other processes to maximise efficiency and meet customer requirements.
Operations Research Analyst
An Operations Research Analyst applies scientific methods to problems concerning the management of systems of people, machines, materials and money in industry, business, government and defence.