Mathematicians have the tools to solve real world problems by studying patterns, structures and quantitative models.
What is Mathematics?
Mathematics is all about the study of patterns and structures and it affects everything we do in our lives.
Mathematics provides a language of expression and description that enable calculations, reasoning and understanding.
Mathematics is about developing and applying theories and formulas to solve problems in all areas of science, engineering, technology, business, industry and commerce.
As well as being used for problem solving and logical thinking, maths enables us to communicate complicated ideas simply.
What do mathematicians actually do?
Mathematicians use their training to solve problems. They work with data to interpret it and express complex situations in a logical way.
Mathematicians use their modelling to predict future events and needs.
Mathematicians can work on problems such as predicting environmental modelling, future infrastructure requirements, and improving manufacturing processes to help businesses make better and more profitable decisions.
Mathematics is used throughout the world as an essential tool in many fields, including the natural sciences, engineering, business and finance, medicine, and social sciences.
Where do mathematicians work?
Mathematicians work in a range of areas including:
- the financial sector,
- environmental modelling (eg. Bureau of Meteorology),
- information technology,
- business and financial sector
- regulatory authorities, and
- government departments.
Did you know: The Bureau of Meteorology is a big employer of mathematics graduates. We all know that the weather is hard to predict. The modelling of ocean currents, weather patterns and climate change is all about mathematics.
To be a mathematician what type of person do I need to be?
A career in mathematics may be for you, if you:
- enjoy problem solving,
- like making predictions and drawing conclusions from data,
- want to design experiments, and
- can work on your own and as part of a bigger team.