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.

Duties and tasks

  • Applying principles of mathematics to complex financial and business problems
  • At times, teaching or mentoring younger mathematician
  • Developing mathematical models to analyse and interpret data
  • Disproving the work of other mathematicians
  • Formulating their own theorems and fields of study
  • Studying areas of higher mathematics
  • Using mathematics to assess risks and predict future demands

Skills required

  • Ability to solve complex problems
  • Analytical mind and skills
  • Systems analysis and evaluation
  • Use of logic, reasoning, and critical thinking
  • Very high mathematical ability

Working conditions

Mathematicians can be found in a variety of workplace settings. They may work in business or financial realms, analysing data and modelling future behaviour. However, they are often found in academia, teaching and researching in schools and universities.

Professional associations / Industry information

Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia
Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI)
The Australian Mathematical Society
The Statistical Society of Australia

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