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What is it like to be a Mathematician?

Mathematicians use their knowledge of high-level mathematics and technology to create new mathematical principles, analyse existing principles, and solve real-world problems within areas such as sciences, technology, social sciences, business, industry and commerce.

Traditionally mathematicians work as an individual or as part of team in government, private science and engineering research companies.

For more information about a career as a Mathematician, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014.

Is it right for me?

Mathematicians are highly analytical and capable of solving real-world problems, with a strong interest in mathematics and its foundations.

Other important skills include:

  • aptitude for analysing data
  • ability to take initiative
  • capability to work independently or as part of a team
  • ability to apply research in a practical sense.

To become a Mathematician

To be able to become a Mathematician, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:


Explore your career options!

Do you enjoy problem solving? Let your curiosity take over.