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HOW WOULD YOU CHANGE THE WAY MATHS IS TAUGHT? “I would include more puzzles and mind games. Things like cryptic crosswords and lateral-thinking problems.” – Talia Gokyildirim, Moriah College, Queens Park, NSW

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hen Monica Wulff came home from Sydney’s German International School the only homework her Englishspeaking parents could understand was maths. “There’s a universal language with maths which transcends our regular verbal languages, which I think is a uniting factor,” says Monica. Often described as the “language of science”, people naturally good at maths are better at picking up foreign languages, but the similarities don’t stop there. Contrary to popular belief – and much like languages – you don’t have to be a genius to use and benefit from maths. “We’ve gotten caught up with the idea that doing maths means you have to be really good at it,” Monica says. “But doing maths is like doing anything else – you’ll have varying levels of competence and that’s OK. Understanding how some of it works allows you to see everything in a different light.” Monica’s maths teacher told her she wasn’t the best at maths, but that she was good at statistics. So after a double degree in applied finance and economics from Macquarie University in Sydney, she joined the Australian Bureau of Statistics where she noticed a gap in knowledge – there were no statistics on the startup community. As a result, Monica founded Startup Muster in 2013 to offer “relevant, reliable statistics that showcase what is going on in this community”. Her experience is becoming more common as people begin to realise that instead of being a dry, irrelevant classroom topic, maths is critical to modern careers. Moreover, it gives you an understanding of the world and a set of tools that allow you to fully explore your passions and interests. – Ben Skuse


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you do the maths Should you drop maths in Year 10? ask yourself these questions first 1. Do you know for sure that your career won’t need maths? Y/N Studying maths seriously prepares you for any career. It’s great for developing excellent problem-solving skills and thinking critically. You’ll be amazed to find out how mathematically trained people use what they know in almost every field you could possibly think of.

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Whether you want to finish maths in high school or take it all the way to a PhD, you need to build the basics first. Maths at school is taught in sequences to help it all make sense; if you skip any of the groundwork you may be in trouble later. But don’t stress if you didn’t do highlevel maths at school and still want to go to uni. Most universities offer bridging courses to help you get to HSC-level maths to be able to continue your studies.

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Many of the fastest-growing careers – particularly in technology – value maths skills. “Data literacy is more important than ever: just knowing Excel doesn’t do it anymore,” says UNSW Sydney statistics fellow Peter Straka, who recommends budding mathematicians also get to know some code programs such as Python or R. You can also try a free online resource like Khan Academy, Math Planet and Math Warehouse to up your maths skills.

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1. get cooking MasterChef fans everywhere know how important it is to get a recipe right. “I use maths all day, every day,” says Ashlie Manganaro, an apprentice chef at Bluetrain restaurant in Melbourne. In her job she measures portions, calculates meal costs and converts measurements.

3. pilot the skies 2. build games Kevin Chan is the technical director of games studio, Robot Circus. He went into game development after getting his software engineering degree at the University of Melbourne. Software engineers use maths skills to reason with abstract objects and structures.

Royal Australian Air Force fighter test pilot Peter Tippner flies high in the sky. His Bachelor of Science (double major in science and maths) gets a workout when he uses geometry and trigonometry to assess flight courses, while direction compasses help Peter calculate angles and avoid hazards.

5. be a human rights champ Field statistician Romesh Silva did a Bachelor of Science and German Studies double degree, majoring in maths, at UNSW Sydney before turning his expertise to human rights issues. Romesh now uses technology and statistics at the Human Rights Data Analysis Group in San Francisco to quantify human rights abuses. – Fran Molloy

4. start a business Matt Bullock, head of Spinify, is one successful guy. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science (majoring in mathematics) at the University of Wollongong before starting online payment gateway eWAY and Spinify. This platform – based on ‘game theory’ – utilises high-level maths, statistics and probability to motivate sales staff.

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hat has calculus got to do with the real world?” can be heard from any high-school kid, sitting in a classroom. But maths skills are crucial in today’s job market and will be a must-have for many of the jobs of the future. “As a foundation skill, maths will open up new doors for people who want interesting, world-changing careers,” says Danny Gilligan, co-founder of Reinventure. Danny is a venture capitalist and maths is at the core of his role. “We look at 200 to 300 new ventures per partner per year and decide to invest in just two or three,” he says. “This requires an almost intuitive sense of numbers to make quick decisions.” Reinventure specialises in financial technology (fintech) and implementing new tech to improve traditional financial services. While old finance was dominated by big banks and big businesses, fintech is full of startups and smaller companies, companies that might look at everything from how fast-transaction database Blockchain and digital currency Bitcoin can revolutionise banking, to investing in insurance-tech apps that use security cameras, smoke alarms and even moisture sensors to alert homeowners of anything unusual at their property. And the people behind these startups need maths skills, too. “Being able to read, manipulate and analyse data is key to growing my business,” says Lachlan Heussler, managing director of Spotcap Australia and New Zealand, a company that uses sophisticated credit algorithms to lend money to small businesses online. Fintech is an example of a multibillion-dollar industry that didn’t even exist 10 years ago, but other mathsrelated industries have been around for centuries. An actuary, for example, is like a fortune teller, applying problem-solving skills to help organisations plan for the future and protect against big biz risks. Phin Wern Ting, a life insurance actuary at ClearView Wealth Ltd, who completed a Bachelor and Master of Actuarial Studies in 2013 at the Australian National University (ANU), says: “Actuarial studies was attractive because it has a strong focus in numbers yet business acumen is essential.” With newly qualified actuaries earning around $100,000 per year and more senior roles pocketing $250,000 a year, the profession >>

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’ve always enjoyed studying maths so pairing maths with commerce for my degree was an easy decision – and one I’ve never regretted, the courses complement each other so well. As a consultant at Bain & Company in San Francisco, I work in a team using a data-driven approach to solve business problems for companies across industries like mining, retail and healthcare. At Bain I’ve been lucky to work across most major cities in Australia. I also spent a year in Santiago, Chile, and learnt Spanish on the job. Maths careers are only going to grow in demand as the world becomes increasingly reliant on leveraging technology and data. Applied maths in particular is an important skill, as data becomes abundant, organisations that can leverage it in their decision-making will have a huge advantage. Artificial intelligence, for example, is an emerging area with maths at its core. Now is also an amazing time to be a female mathematician. Women with quantitative skills are under-represented in the workplace and are in high demand, which opens doors to so many opportunities. Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) Commerce (Finance), UQ

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n high school, I always thought my passion for maths would lead to a career in medicine, so I opted to study medical science at the University of Sydney. However, after just one semester, I realised medicine was not my calling, so I moved to a double degree in mathematics and finance at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). After graduating, I tacked on an extra year of honours study and found myself researching solar energy pricing. It was a fascinating project and it gave me a broader understanding of how maths can be used to solve complicated problems – a skill I use now as a campaign analyst in Commonwealth Bank’s deposits and transactions team. I get to use logic to drive big decisions, which is so exciting and while my role requires a lot of technical skills, like coding and data analysis, it also involves helping colleagues develop effective campaigns that will get results and meet customer needs. I’m passionate about breaking down complex ideas into simple steps, and I get to do this every day, working with different people. When I see the “aha” moment on their faces, it’s an amazing feeling. The key to improving maths skills is in finding the answer. Many people just focus on getting it right, but you need to understand each step that leads you there, too. Once you master the steps, you will have skills that can be applied anywhere.

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hile I was growing up, I saw maths as a means to an end. But since I joined Commonwealth Bank (CBA) as a marketing graduate in home loan acquisitions, I’ve seen how maths can be used as a powerful tool to achieve business outcomes. I think people believe maths skill is down to having an innate ability, but in reality it’s about how hard you’re willing to work at a problem. In the words of the intrepid actor Shia LaBeouf, “Dooo it… Just dooo it!” And while it didn’t seem immediately practical at school, I still use Year 11 algebra every day! I started out in customer relations at CBA while completing a double degree in commerce and law at the University of Sydney. I’ve also worked in wealth management before starting my current role. Although my background is in marketing, I really enjoy working on the technical side of things. Being at CBA has sparked my interest in taking a more analytical approach to marketing. One of my favourite aspects of my job is having the opportunity to work with such a wide variety of people. It’s important to have a broad understanding of business and finance, and working with top-notch people has helped me develop this.

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hinking logically and solving problems is essential in a technology career. That’s why it’s such a good fit for people with mathematical skills. “Maths gives you a bunch of useful tools, like how to think about abstractions in a meaningful way,” says Daniel Nadasi, engineering director at Google Maps. “It’s a way of thinking that makes you well-suited to working with big systems like large server networks and cloud applications.” Daniel graduated with a double major in mathematics from the Australian National University before joining Google as a software engineer. Now, he looks after the data infrastructure that powers Google Maps – pretty cool! Statistician Patricia Kavinksi got her start as a data mining analyst at a Brazilian marketing company. Now she has an internship at the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation while studying a Masters in Data Science and Innovation at the University of Technology Sydney. Being part of the second-placed team at the SydneyHack 2016: Pedestrian Safety Hackathon at the University of Sydney didn’t hurt her internship application either. Data scientists slice and dice huge chunks of data to identify trends. It’s a big growth area that can command even bigger salaries – and Patricia says you can apply data science to nearly everything. “Every company has lots of data and wants to improve it.” Cyber security is another area demanding fresh, analytical minds. The Australian Government Cyber Security Review uncovered major threats to online security through malware infections and cyber-crime. Areas such as cryptography, which protect private data such as passwords and banking details, require a solid grounding in mathematical theory to compose tough-to-break algorithms. To work in technology, hone your code. Practising languages like R, Python and Ruby helps general maths and statistics skills, and hackathons are great, too. You could be on your way to a super-colossal career in big data. – Chloe Walker


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ith its focus on specific problems, both real-world and abstract, university mathematics at UNSW Sydney gives students a solid grounding in analytical skills that are highly regarded in the workplace. Data science – one of the most in-demand skills for the 21st century – also relies on key maths concepts like algebra and calculus. Computers and high-end software play an important role in maths at UNSW Sydney, and courses offer smallgroup tutorials so that all students get the right support. The Faculty of Science has offered a brand-new degree in 2017, the Bachelor of Data Science and Decisions, a multidisciplinary program that will combine skills in mathematical methods and statistics with computing, business decisions and communication. But maths is not just about data science – it also underpins nearly every major science project around. Dr Gordana Popovic is a Statistical Consultant at UNSW Sydney’s Stats Central, where she supports internal research. “Almost all research, whether it’s in health, engineering or biology, requires statistics,” she says. “My job is to meet with people, hear about their research, and advise them on how to conduct the right analysis.” On leaving school, Gordana enrolled at UNSW Sydney where she did a joint degree in maths and education, then after completing an honours year, did a PhD in statistics and statistical ecology. “Statisticians use maths to

describe the relationship between different variables for data that has been collected,” she says. For example, you can use mathematics to look at information about rainfall, then build an equation that lets you predict how good the water quality is going to be. Another senior statistician at UNSW Sydney, Australian Research Council Research Fellow Dr Peter Straka, is working on mathematical models for arrival times of extreme events, such as earthquakes and solar flares. “With my PhD student Ricky Gill, we write software to fit these models and perform statistical analyses to estimate the time and magnitudes of future extreme events,” Peter says. After doing a five-year degree in mathematics in Germany, Peter graduated with a PhD in mathematics from UNSW Sydney in 2011, and has since worked as a postdoc in the US and the UK, before returning to UNSW Sydney as a researcher and a lecturer in statistics. “I’ve always loved maths,” Peter admits. At present he is working with researchers from public health on a machine-learning approach to identify patients with depression, and on another project which identifies clinics as clusters in a network of medical doctors. “There is never a shortage of interesting projects,” he says. Peter and Gordana are perfect examples of how maths can open the door for collaboration with researchers from pretty much any field that produces data. – Fran Molloy

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Daniel Pelchen

#1 footy fanatic always enjoyed dealing with numbers when studying economics at university. But I came into my element when I found them in something I was passionate about – football. As technology becomes more prominent, numbers get more important. Sport is a perfect example of this, when exploring things like finding new ways to measure ball trajectory, for instance. Sports analytics is one area that will grow exponentially in the next 10 years as data in sport becomes more important. The stats available at Australian Football League (AFL) level are far beyond what you’d think, it’s pretty amazing what you can do with them, too. As a performance analyst at Collingwood Football Club, I monitor the stats of more than 3000 players each year and indicate to the recruiters who’s performing well. I love coming up with models that recruiters can use when making crucial decisions. It’s so rewarding when they draft a player I’ve ‘flagged’ through my work. Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)/PhD Sports Analytics, Deakin University

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like to understand how things work. I’ve always loved numbers and patterns, and trying to predict things. Maths is so important because it describes eve rything. When I was do ing my PhD at the University of Melbourn e I was lucky enough to get to work on data from the Hubble Space Telescope on galaxies . This way-out part of space was formed wh en the universe was ext remely young, so working with that up clo se was super cool. But being a data scien tist in sport s statistics is pretty close to my dream job (the only thing better would be to be making music, while analysing sport!). At Champion Data I’m part of a team that provides sport s statis tics, TV broadcasts an d new media ser vices to share the game wit h audiences for a range of sport s – from rugby league to netba ll. We’re also the officia l statisticians for the Australian Football Le ague. Mastering the fun damentals in maths definitely helps to find your path into interesti ng data jobs.

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aths is where it’s at, and if you learn it, you’re indispensable. Mathematicians and engineers who understand how a piece of technology or software is built are in such demand. So knowing how to go from the blank piece of paper to a bridge or an aircraft is a great skill to have. When something doesn’t work, companies have to ask people with the knowhow – on the fundamental principles of science and maths – to advise on what’s possible. I work as a flight operations engineer at Virgin Australia and I love doing anything that involves space, aircraft and numbers. I get a real kick out of knowing I’m doing something that few people do, or will ever understand. Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical/Aerospace)/ Science (Mathematics), UQ Consultant aeronautical engineer, Airline Technical Services, Redcliffe, Qld

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fter he finished high school, Patrick Brimmer took a gamble on his career goal. “I was good at maths, so I went for a degree with the aim of becoming a sports price trader.” With his Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance from the University of Technology Sydney under his belt, Patrick moved into the gambling industry as a game designer for International Gaming Technology (IGT) on their fruit machines (‘pokies’). He says pokies are basically big maths equations involving polynomials and complex formulas: “It’s a creative role where you deliver new and exciting ideas.” Now a product marketing manager for IGT, he cites maths as the key to his career: “The smarter you are with maths in my business, the more innovative you can be when building new games.” Maths skills are essential to creative roles in industries such as entertainment,


The smarter you are with maths, the more innovative you can be.” fashion and design, and are becoming more necessary as these industries grow in the digital world. Simulation artists and animators create visual effects in movies, TV and games, using maths to express how objects move, interact or even explode. “It’s a role based on maths, programming and artistic skills,” says Bernardo Iraci, Lead 3D Artist for Melbourne startup LithodomosVR. LithodomosVR re-creates ancient sites in Paris, Rome and Athens for virtual reality tours. Bernardo works with an archaeological team when he’s making the 3D animations, to ensure the user experiences are historically accurate. As new digital technologies like VR, the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence develop, creative industries demand more maths-savvy graduates. One such company is Procept, based in Victoria, which helps people design, develop and manufacture new IoT and wearable medical device products. “Maths skills are used at each level of the business,” says co-founder Adrian Crouch. “Any role where critical thinking and creative problem-solving are important, can benefit from the structured thinking maths gives you.” – Ben Skuse

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athematicians solve a bunch of problems – from inventing smart energy systems, to defending cyber borders. But you won’t see ‘mathematician’ in their job title. So, what are these problem-solving careers? Holly Briffa completed a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Actuarial Science from the University of Melbourne. Now, Holly’s an Associate at Strategic Project Partners, a general management consulting firm, where she tackles tough questions like: Should a business client build a new skyscraper in the CBD? Or: What is the benefit to society of a client’s research in neurotrauma treatment? And, guess what? Holly’s solutions include maths. follow... “The answer may involve modelling demand, quantifying risk, YouTube: bit .ly/2nMDig k or simulating different scenarios. And it almost always involves Twitter: @conradwolf financial modelling,” she says. ram Lots of people in the business sector need a maths skill set. Take Facebook: @Low yInstit ute data scientists, analysts and engineers, who use maths, statistics and YouTube: bit .ly/2o0 S2 dO programming to analyse business problems. Outside the business world, maths is still super important for putting solutions in place around things such as climate change, poverty and migration. David Cock, a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich in Switzerland, is working to stop billions of computers running learn... ta Science Major), Bachelor of Science (Da on software “never written with reliability in mind” from being Curtin University hacked. He warns students: “A maths degree doesn’t teach you Sydney e and Decisions, UNSW all of the necessary on-the-job skills. But you’ll have a very solid Bachelor of Data Scienc (Data foundation on which to add those skills, and mathematicians Information Systems Bachelor of Business logy hno Tec of ty Universi are in demand just about everywhere.” – Ben Skuse Analy tics), Swinburne

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n a company where maths is central to everything, ANZ business manager Michelle Dobson believes maths can open doors. “Maths can be applied to many different areas in banking,” she says. Michelle manages projects that use technology to improve the bank’s day-to-day practices, and spots opportunities for new technology to transform the business. Michelle completed a Bachelor of Business (Management)/ Information Systems at La Trobe University, then joined the ANZ Technology Graduate Program, where she learnt how core banking systems were designed and developed. Her first management role saw Michelle contributing to ANZ’s largest ever technology upgrade, improving bank transaction software used in 17 countries. She got the chance to travel and live like a local in Cambodia, Vietnam and China. “Maths has given me so many great opportunities, like experiencing different cultures and meeting amazing, inspiring people,” she says. – Rachael Oku

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very year between October and December, the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne releases weekly forecasts of the pollen levels in the city’s air. The team behind the Melbourne Pollen Count take daily pollen samples and combine the results with weather data to create a forecast for the week ahead. This is just one way that maths is used to help community members manage their health. Hayfever affects one in five people. With this kind of research, sufferers can avoid being outdoors on high-pollen days, and log their daily symptoms through the Pollen Count app to help improve the service. Yay for giving back! Maths is vital when it comes to building healthy communities. Devising cost-effective solutions to chronic health challenges such as obesity, diabetes and skin cancer usually involves a deep dive into data from various medical studies and sources such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics. “For policy change to happen you need to show that an intervention is cost-effective,” says Jeeva Kanesarajah, a PhD student and statistician with the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health at the University of Queensland. This kind of work is often undertaken by epidemiologists, who study diseases in populations, and biostatisticians, who develop statistical methods to analyse data. “We use mathematical techniques in epidemiology to determine which lifestyle habits might affect your health risk,” says Dr Julie Bassett, a biostatistician with Cancer Council Victoria. To get into the field, you’ll need a degree in mathematics, or a health sciences degree that includes studies in statistics. “Working in research requires a combination of skills and abilities,” says Julie’s colleague, fellow biostatistician Dr Kara Martin. “We look for mathematical and problem-solving skills, but it’s also important to have good writing and interpersonal skills to communicate your results effectively.” – Chloe Walker


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doctor, doctor we talk maths in any language hen I started school in London, I wasn’t fluent in English,” says Jacqui Ramagge (right, inset), Head of the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney. Doing well at maths, however, gave her confidence a boost and sparked a life-long obsession with the subject. Jacqui says that with some effort, anyone can be great at maths and go on to make life better for others through working in teaching, finance or even medicine. “Health is the hottest area today for jobs in maths,” says Jacqui. “It draws on enormous numbers of maths scientists – like statisticians to analyse gene structure and mathematicians to model cancer growth.” The University of Sydney is home to the ‘Network of Minds,’ a group of mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists and neuroscientists who work together using simulations of brain networks to try to pinpoint causes of mental illness. Across the health sector, areas like public health, the pharmaceutical industry and epidemiology all employ mathematicians to help analyse the data they collect. “Whether you want to predict the stock market or improve TO GET THERE: Bachelor of Science (Financial a person’s health, skills in maths can help you have an exciting Mathematics and Statistics/Mathematics/ and challenging career,” says Jacqui. – Cherese Sonkkila Statistics), The University of Sydney




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Grad diploma/certificate Macquarie University >>> A  ccounting, Commerce, and Business Administration >>> Information Technology Murdoch University >>> E  ducation (Secondary) Mathematics Teaching QUT >>> Accountancy (Prof Acc) University of New England >>> C  omputational Data Science University of Queensland >>> S  cience (Mathematics and Statistics)

Be a leader

Business, accounting, economics, finance… Australian National University >>> Mathematical Economics >>> Mathematical Finance Bond University >>> Business Maths >>> Quantitative Methods) Charles Sturt University >>> A  ccounting

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CQUniversity >>> Agriculture (covers banking, consultancy, marketing, trading and logistics) Edith Cowan University >>> Science/Business Flinders University >>> Accounting/Finance La Trobe University >>> Accounting and Finance Macquarie University >>> Economics/Business Analytics Murdoch University >>> Accounting Notre Dame University >>> Commerce Southern Cross University >>> Accounting University of New England >>> Accounting >>> Financial Services University of Queensland >>> Mathematics/Business Management University of Sunshine Coast >>> Accounting University of Western Australia >>> Quantitative Methods University of Wollongong >>> Mathematics

Solve global problems

Data science, analytics, decision science… Curtin University >>> Data Science Federation University Australia >>> Big Data and Analytics QUT >>> Decision Science

RMIT University >>> Business Analytics Swinburne University >>> Data Analytics University of Melbourne >>> Data Science UNSW Sydney >>> Data Science and Decisions University of Queensland >>> Data Science University of Technology Sydney >>> Analytics Western Sydney University >>> Data Science

Get into tech

Spatial design, aviation theory, electronics… Charles Darwin University >>> Information Technology CQUniversity >>> A  viation Technology Curtin University >>> Industrial and Applied Mathematics Griffith University >>> A  pplied Mathematics QUT >>> A  pplied and Computational Mathematics Swinburne University >>> Applied Mathematics University of Adelaide >>> Pure Mathematics UNSW Sydney >>> Spatial Design University of Newcastle >>> Electrical and Electronic Mathematics University of Queensland >>> Engineering Science


Create social change

Actuarial studies, statistics, law, medical... La Trobe University >>> Mathematics and Statistics Monash University >>> Actuarial Studies >>> Mathematical Statistics Murdoch University >>> Mathematics and Statistics RMIT University >>> Statistics UNSW Sydney >>> Actuarial Studies/Law University of Newcastle >>> Mathematics/Statistics University of South Australia >>> Mathematics and Statistics University of Southern Queensland >>> Applied Mathematics Statistics University of Sydney >>> Statistics University of Technology Sydney >>> Statistics University of Queensland >>> Bioinformatics University of Western Australia >>> Mathematics and Statistics University of Wollongong >>> Medical Mathematics


Here are just some of the courses where you can study maths and build skills in another field at the same time


Be an educator or storyteller

Education, archaeology, arts... Australian Catholic University >>>Teaching/Arts (Mathematics) Charles Darwin University >>> E  ducation Secondary Teaching (Mathematics) Charles Sturt University >>> E  ducation K-12 (Mathematics) Deakin University >>> Education Primary

Federation University Australia >>> Mathematical Sciences /Education Flinders University >>> Mathematical Sciences James Cook University >>> Education Secondary (Mathematics) Notre Dame University >>> Education (Mathematics) University of Melbourne >>> Mathematical Physics University of Newcastle >>> Teaching (Humanities) (Hons)

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University of Queensland >>> Mathematics/Arts University of Tasmania >>> Mathematics Victoria University >>> Science for Teaching

Be anything you want!

More great maths options… Edith Cowan University >>> Mathematics Macquarie University >>> Mathematics

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