How to become a mathematician

Crunch numbers and develop mathematical theories and ideas.

Pathways to this career

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in mathematics or a related field such as computer science, engineering, statistics or physics. Students also complete a double degree in mathematics and a related discipline.
  2. Postgraduate study is often required by employers, so continue study with a masters or PhD in mathematics.
  3. If you wish to go down the research or academic route then a PhD is required.
  4. Meet people who understand the unique triumphs and challenges of mathematics by joining meetup groups, industry bodies and associations.

What does a mathematician do?

Duties and tasks

Mathematicians study mathematical principles and develop their own mathematical theories and ideas. They may work in the theoretical realm or they may apply their findings to financial, business, governmental, engineering, and social science issues in the larger world.

  • Apply principles of mathematics to complex financial and business problems.
  • At times, teach or mentor younger mathematicians.
  • Develop mathematical models to analyse and interpret data.
  • Disprove the work of other mathematicians.
  • Formulate their own theorems and fields of study.
  • Study areas of higher mathematics.
  • Use mathematics to assess risks and predict future demands.

Industry bodies

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Postgraduate UND-MTH-GCE

Graduate Certificate in Mathematics

Postgraduate ECU-DSC-MAS

Master of Data Science

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Undergraduate UNE-PMTH212

Multivariable Calculus

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Postgraduate UND-MATH5002


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