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Mathematicians apply and develop mathematical principles to solve problems in all areas of the sciences, technology, social sciences, business, industry and commerce.

Duties & Tasks
Mathematicians may perform the following tasks:
  • apply geometry and calculus to design objects in fields such as architecture, computer graphics and robotics
  • analyse statistics to find predictive models for traffic flow, insurance risks, consumer research, market analysis and clinical trials
  • develop predictive models for financial markets and products for financial risk management
  • simulate processes in chemical, mining or agricultural industries by translating them into mathematical models
  • develop computer modelling for industrial design
  • develop and improve mathematical models to describe natural phenomena such as soil erosion, the weather and climate, ocean currents or biological behaviour
  • develop computer programmes for use in mathematical modelling and problem-solving
  • design computer programmes to make and break complex security codes, or investigate and develop schemes for information security
  • carry out network analysis for the study of road systems, airline routes, transport and communication systems
  • use linear programming for urban, regional and transport planning
  • engage in image and signal processing for astronomy, cartography and medical and radar imaging
  • analyse problems for the service, engineering or manufacturing sectors
  • develop communications technology and information theory
  • develop new mathematical structures, ranging across the areas of pure and applied mathematics, statistics, computing, operations research, commerce and industry
  • teach mathematics at school, VET and university level in Australia or overseas.
  • Personal requirements
  • a good imagination
  • enjoy mathematics
  • analytical skills
  • able to take initiative
  • able to persevere
  • able to work independently or as part of a team
  • enjoy problem-solving.
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