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

Specialisations: Operations Research Analyst.

A bachelor degree in mathematical science is needed to work as a Mathematician. Many Mathematicians complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Formulates mathematical models to simulate processes.
  • Applies models to experimental observations, and adjusts and recasts the models.
  • Uses numerical analysis methods to develop algorithms and perform computations.
  • Liaises with management and clients to determine the subject or area to be surveyed or examined.
  • Specifies the data to be collected, and the methodology to be used in collection and analysis.
  • Evaluates and describes the reliability and utility of source information.
  • Analyses and interprets data, and produces relevant statistics to describe and infer particular trends and patterns.

More about Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians

All Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians

  • $2,060 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Mathematicians

  • 560 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 86% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 23% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Mathematicians (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 340 in 2011 to 560 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Mathematicians work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Financial and Insurance Services; Education and Training; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (86%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 23% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Financial and Insurance Services33.8
Education and Training24.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services17.6
Public Administration and Safety10.8
Other Industries13.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMathematiciansAll Jobs Average
NSW42.531.6
VIC24.425.6
QLD11.620.0
SA9.47.0
WA4.710.8
TAS0.72.0
NT0.01.0
ACT6.71.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMathematiciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-246.6-9.39.3
25-3438.5-22.922.9
35-4428.1-22.022.0
45-5417.6-21.621.6
55-594.1-9.09.0
60-642.7-6.06.0
65 and Over2.5-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationMathematiciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate67.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree29.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.0-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV0.6-21.121.1
Year 121.9-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in mathematical science is needed to work as a Mathematician. Many Mathematicians complete postgraduate studies.

Membership with the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute may be useful.

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Employers look for Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians who have strong attention to detail, can communicate clearly and can work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mathematics

    97% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  2. Computers and Electronics

    81% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  3. English Language

    68% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Engineering and Technology

    67% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Physics

    64% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-2021.00 - Mathematicians.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic Mail

    97% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  2. Freedom to Make Decisions

    93% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  3. Being Exact or Accurate

    91% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  4. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    89% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

  5. Spend Time Sitting

    88% Important

    How much time do you spend sitting?

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