Careers with STEM: Maths & Data 2020

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P4 Real-life maths lessons from COVID-19 P6 15 jobs that don’t exist… yet P8 Lily Serna’s life hacks through maths P10 Meet your mentor: Data scientist P26 What we’re reading, watching and downloading

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In uncertain times, it’s STEM to the rescue


y the world he public health emergenc terrifying. It has faced this year was t STEM has also reminded us tha eering gin En gy, (Science, Technolo we do. g hin ryt eve to l and Maths) is centra to study all us d ble ena t’s tha h From the tec ntually eve l e that wil from home to the scienc and a s ent atm tre , sis deliver us better diagno ng bei ’re we – vaccine for COVID-19 STEM everyday. reminded of the value of tant to our And perhaps most impor ead of this pandemic understanding of the spr ross the world Ac . has been mathematics r and analysing ove ing por n experts have bee COVID-19 data to best fig ure out how w it down. slo spreads and how we can g we do hin ryt eve In this digital age the oil of the led cal n bee It’s generates data. m s fro banks to 21st century and industrie organisations, lth retail and, yep, public hea analyse, can o wh are looking for people a to help dat t tha ret erp int understand and isions. them make smarter dec In, Data Scientist ked Lin m fro ort rep a In eared in the top app h bot and Data Engineer growth forecast in 15 jobs with the highest data-heavy 2020, with other maths and robotics ing lud STEM jobs featuring inc and ce gen elli Int l engineers, Artificia s. list cia spe cybersecurity ed about how So read on and get inspir a can open up a dat skilling up in maths and s for you – and itie un ort world of career opp even save lives! Gemma Chilton rs with STEM Managing Editor, Caree


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When maths gets real Three real-life maths lessons everyone is now getting from the COVID-19 pandemic 0 graphs to shine, the 202 f it was ever the time for 0 202 ile Wh it. ely sur emic is novel coronavirus pand tty weird year so far – it’s is shaping up to be a pre and t maths is everywhere, also been a reminder tha lives e d data can literally sav understanding maths an ency. in a public hea lth emerg of the biggest maths thr We’ve rounded up ee rned from COVID-19. lessons that we’ve all lea


#1 R0 – measuring contagion is a R0 (pronounced R-nought) been used a t’s tha term l tica ma the ma s started lot since the new coronaviru ls and nne cha taking over our news social media feeds. roduction It’s also called a basic rep ion ), uct rod rep for nds rate (the R sta an ch whi at rate e rag ave and it’s the 9 ID-1 infectious disease like COV ple. peo n wee bet s ead spr n The R0 of COV ID-19 has bee an ans me ch estimated at 2.2, whi ase dise the ses infected person pas ple. Of peo er oth 2.2 of e onto an averag son per a of 0.2 e hav ’t can course you ful use r the ano is es – averag mathematical concept to help understand all this !

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When we imagine number s get ting bigger, we have a natural habit of imagining them doi ng so in a straight line - 1,2 ,3,4,5 or 10,20,30,40,50. That’s call ed linear growth, and if you put it on a graph it’s a straight line . But exponentials are differe nt, and they can be hard to get your head around. That’s why people who remember ed lear ning about exponentials in high school maths have probab ly bee n bet ter able to understand why only small numbers of confirmed COV ID-19 cases on one day could get ver y big, ver y fas t. Understanding exponentia ls has meant we can act wh en it seems too early, but before it’s too late. That means hand-washing , social isolating and all the other actions individuals and gov ernments have taken all ove r the world to slow the spread of the virus.

Mathematics is at the heart of understanding, tracking and fighting COVID-19. Sure 1000 cases doesn’t seem like much. But if you double the infections every three days, in a big enough population, that 1000 would double up and up and up ... to more than ONE MILLION CASES in less than a month. Wash your hands. Stay sneeze smart. And realise every contact you choose not to have may be saving a life you will never know about. Adam Spencer is a comedian, author and Ambassador for Mathematics and Science, University of Sydney


#3 #FlattenTheCurve

how many people are sick at once

ticians can model the Our scientists and mathema a and computer spread of a virus using dat t if we don’t do any thing tha w kno y algorithms. The rise exponentially to slow it down cases will means our healthcare (maths lingo FTW ) – that which is bad news. systems are overwhelmed, acts fast to slow the ne The alternative is everyo decreases, nge cha spread and that rate of timescale, and ger lon a r ove spreading the cases pitals because there are taking pressure off our hos up all at once. fewer sick people turning

number of sick people if we don’t take steps to slow the spread

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1. AI ethicist The job: Advocate for the ethical and legal matters regarding the creation and distribution of AI-based tech products. The skills: Must be as into philosophy as robots. Fluency in analytics a plus. Now hiring: Microsoft, Apple, Google.

5. Personal data broker The job: Collect personal information about consumers and sell it to other brokers, companies or individuals. The skills: Data science, ID analytics and sales. Now hiring: You! Yep, this is generally a freelance-type gig.

nic 2. Self-driving car mecha autonomous self-driving vehicles. ce and repair jobs on The job: Per form maintenan management. re programming and data The skills: Advanced sof twa e, Uber. Now hiring: Tesla, Porsch

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3. Human-technology integration specialist The job: Collaborate with teachers to create future-focused learning environments that embrace the latest digital learning resources. The skills: Research, communication, analytics and high-level tech smarts. Now hiring: Every school in Australia.

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The job: Assist families of patients undergoing extensive medical treatment by simplifying paperwork and processes, along with communicating complex medical information. The skills: Health science and social work. Being a medical role, basic maths – addition, fractions, ratios and algebraic equations – are essential. Now hiring: Hospitals and private practices.

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The job: Develop and manage a system in the workplace where human and AI employees communicate to generate better business outcomes. The skills: Experience in human resources (HR) and robotics. Now hiring: The Commonwealth Bank, Spotify, The Iconic.

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The job: Ensure the safety, security and functionality of a city by servicing its digital assets – including tech services and data flow. The skills: Data analytics, statistics and tech maintenance capabilities. Now hiring: Your local council.

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The job: Deal with the world’s massive waste problem by upcycling rubbish to create better quality items. The skills: A background in materials science, engineering and industrial design. Now hiring: Toyota, ASOS, Ray-Ban.

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Did you know temperature is important for marine turtles as the sex of hatchlings is determined by the temperature of the sand where the eggs incubate?

Within our oceans, just like in maths, there is always something to be discovered.

Warmer temperatures will translate into more females, and colder into males. Data of sand temperature is analysed to understand the impact of rising global temperatures on turtle populations.

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Life hacks ! s h t a m h g u o r th Celebrity mathematician Lily Serna let us in on some of her everyday life hacks using maths

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tical data out there here is a heap of mathema Even though a lot about how to win Monopoly. dice, there are comes down to the roll of the tegies you can adopt mathematically proven stra ease your chances of that have been shown to incr down for you to it ak winning. I’m going to bre w. follo a few simple rules to



buy? Which properties to ties are the ones

proper Most people think the best t, this isn’t true, and it’s fac In t. ren with the highest ly to land on some because you are more like properties than others. ds in the ‘Chance’ For example, there are car that sometimes send s and ‘Community Chest’ pile ch increases the whi s, people to certain square on that square. Plus land will er probability that a play to hear this – Jail is – and you may not be thrilled es to end up. This is one of the most probable plac land in ‘Just Visiting’ not only because players can l different ways to end but because there are severa three doubles in a row, up in Jail, including rolling are and pulling out squ ’ landing on the ‘Go To Jail to Jail. This means you ds a Chance card that sen ties, which are the per pro red that the orange and ble-dice roll of the Jail most likely to fall within a dou t investments because square, are generally the bes nce of being landed on. they have an increased cha . And I’m only getting started

Here’s a list of properties that you should and shouldn’t buy, and why: • Railroads: you should buy these with the aim of getting three or four, or at least to stop your opponents getting a set. Rai lroads offer consistent income and become a cas h cow. • Don’t bother with utilities (unless you can get a good deal for them off you r opponents ). • Forget about Park Lane and Mayfair. Park Lane’s expected return brings dow n the average income of the navy-blue sets becaus e it’s the least visited square in the game. Secondly, where you foc us your investments depends on how many peo ple are playing: • If you’re playing against two other people, buy blue and orange proper ties. • If you’re playing against three other people, buy red and orange properties. • If you’re playing against more than three others, get the green properties. Knowing the chance of you or the other players landing on a square is only the beginning of the story, because there is, of course, money involved. By the way, this analysis doe sn’t account for house rules (i.e. rules that your friends /family make up and agree to).


Lily Serna Mathematician and author

hack #2

Med ium 8-inch pizza Diameter =


Radius = (hal f the diameter )


how to order pizza crowd-pleaser – and rdering pizza is the ultimate . But have you ever it’s way easier than cooking should order two argued about whether you pizza? As it turns out, mediums or one large-sized maths says that ordering that decision is easy – the rtest thing to do the biggest pizza is the sma ars, the large pizza is doll because, for a few more of a medium pizza. size the often twice, yes twice as an example. I’ll use my local pizza shop es (20cm) and costs Their medium pizza is 8 inch inches (30cm) and $12. Their large pizza is 12 cent more than costs $15, i.e. it costs 25 per


Area = (πr2)

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50.24 square inches od delicious, delicious pizza

Large 12-inch pizza 12 6 - 3.14 Ð 62 - 3.14 Ð (6 Ð 6) - 3.14 Ð 36 113.04 square inches od delicious, delicious pizza: more than double the medium pizza!

12-inch diameter

6-inch diameter

a medium pizza. But am I get ting 25 per cent more pizza for my extra cas h? We can figure this out with some basic formulas . The diameter of a circle (an d a pizza!) is the distance from one side to the other passing through the centre. In the case of pizz a, the diameter is often found in the title: a ‘12-inch pizza’ is called that because it has a 12-inch (30 cm) diameter. The radius of a circle is the distance from the centre of the circle to the edg e – half of the diameter. Why do we need to know the se things? Because they’ll help us to calculate the area (i.e. the size) of a pizza. The area of a circle is equal to the number pi multiplied by the radius squ ared. So how does this look when we apply it to our pizzas? As you can see, the 8-inch (20-cm) pizza, which costs $12, is around 50 squ are inches (just over 300 square cm), while the 12-inch pizza (30cm; $15 ) is over 113 square inch es (700 square cm). So, a 12-inch (30cm) pizza is mo re than twice as big as an 8-inch pizza (20cm), but it’s only 25 per cent more expensive. It’s a no-bra iner! Always get the largest pizza: it’s the respon sible thing to do.




Meet student lucy ma ce


ucy is in year eight at Quakers Hill High School in Western Sydney. She spends most of her spare time dancing and is starting to think about her electives next year. While she had heard of The Iconic, she didn’t know much about data science until now!

Meet your mentor What would you

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teachers – these two subjects and the adored maths and physics ely olut abs I ld. ool, wor sch l rea high K: In all around us in the appreciate maths and physics who taught them made us L: What did you want to be

when you grew up?

to all the a marine engineer, thanks K: I wanted to grow up to be pened. hap er – but that adventure nev Clive Cussler novels I read L: Do you get free stuff from K: We don’t get free stuff, but

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L: What do you like to do wh K: I love to feed my brain

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Meet data scientist Kshira Saagar


shira is in charge of data science and analytics at the company that owns The Iconic – one of Australia’s biggest online fashion retailers. Didn’t know you could turn your love of fashion into a maths and data gig? Read on.


Multiple choice Realising that she co uld stud a world of possibilit y just maths has opened up ies for Isabelle Grec o


sabelle had big plans to be an artist or a sports star, unt il Year 4 when she learned about frac tions. “I remember dividing a bunch of random fractions,” she say s. “It was so exciting.” Isabelle’s love of maths con tinued throughout school, but for a long time she thought she ’d have to work in another STEM field. “If you’re good at maths you bec ome an engineer or a scientis t, right?” Fortunately, Isabelle discove red the Bachelor of Mathema tical Sciences at the University of Adelaide, and now she stu dies her favourite subject full-time. She was president of the ma ths society last year, as well as being part of the university’s Wome n in STEM Careers Program where she met many women with exc iting and interesting jobs. “I’ve gone from having no idea what I wan t to do to having too many things I wan t to do! ” she says.

Isabelle Greco, from the University of Adelaide, has been a numbers fan since primary school

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ays mum she’ll tell you he alw dam says if you ask his ather we the d s! He never misse had his head in the cloud his in d uce rod int topic was on the news and when the y ead alr o wh e on am was the on ly year 9 science class, Ad weather map s (FYI, they’re lines on a wa knew what an isobar . al atmospheric pressure) connecting points of equ t he tha on cti ne con ke the However, Adam didn’t ma shine into d an il ha n, rai s ng all thi cou ld turn his passion for nt to uni we y started uni. “When I a career until he’d alread t led to tha d an things that I enjoyed, I just kept studying the he says. a career that I enjoyed,”




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Charting a future job

when i went to uni i just kept studying the things I enjoyed, and that led to a career that I enjoyed”

Adam studied a combined Bachelor of Arts majoring in Japanese and German and a Bachelor of Science majoring in maths and physics at Monash University. He says his “lightbulb moment” for choosing meteorology as a career came when he took a six-week internship at the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) during his third year of uni. “I remember one day a BOM researcher was describing a particular weather phenomena and writing down these equations and I was like, ‘oh my gosh, those equations are exactly what I’m learning at university!’ – it was the first time I really felt like the stuff I was studying in maths and physics was directly applicable to things I could see and feel every day,” he says. Following an additional Honours year Are you an obsessive cloud spotter, or do you get a thrill when a at Monash, Adam completed a 12-month thunderstorm rolls in? According to Adam, a passion for weather is Graduate Diploma of Meteorology at the the number-one prerequisite for becoming a weather forecaster like him, BOM and is now manager of the Extreme but maths and physics are crucial, too. Weather Desk there. You will need at least a minor in maths and physics at uni – but you don’t

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have to be the top of your maths class to consider this career path. Adam reiterates that the best mathematicians aren’t always the best weather forecasters and vice versa.

In this role, Adam leads a team of meteorologists that support state and territory weather forecasters in providing forecasts and warnings for severe and extreme weather – think cyclones, floods and dangerous fire conditions. There’s also a communications aspect to his role, which means you might spot Adam on TV or a Twitter video when there’s an extreme weather event going on. And yes – being a meteorologist at a party will attract a lot of interest (when was the last time you met a weather forecaster in real life?). Adam says he’s often asked the same three questions when he tells

passion in weather “You r interest and lea rn more and dig to u wi ll inspire yo he says. deeper into thi ngs,”

someone he’s a meteorol ogist. What TV station do you work for? (Answer: None! The BOM is a governme nt organisation.) Does that mean you study meteors? (Nope – that would be an astronomer.) And what will the weather be like at my wedding in two years’ tim e? (Sorry, too far away to tel l.). – Gemma Chilton





Fighting fire with data

CFA researcher Rachel Bessell crunches numbers to predict where and when bushfires will impact


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For example, a recent study Rachel was involved in was looking at crop fires. Workin g closely with the CSIRO – and with firefighters at the rea dy – Rachel would go into paddocks in central western Victoria and replicate real-life fires on small plots. Data is collected from weather stations located onsite as well as thermal loggers in the ground to measure variables associated with the spread of the fires across the gra ss. Her research has resulted in a change to fire danger ratings , after she found current models had been underestimating the rate of fire spread in par tially dry grasslands. Aside from helping save live s and proper ty, Rachel say s one of the best things about her job is the diversit y – a typ ical day at work could mean being called on to make prediction s during emergencies, spending 12hour days conducting exp erim ental burns and collecting data in the field, or working in an offi ce reviewing, planning or me eting with stakeholders.

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Rachel says she remember s studying maths at high sch ool and wondering what it mig ht all be useful for – but now she understands that maths und erpins a lot of physical scie nce research like hers. “Maths has real-world app lications and even though I didn’t do maths at university, it’s still a big par t of physical scie nces. The way weather pat terns work, fire behaviour – it’s all dependent on numbers,” she says. – Gemma Chilton


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might impact Australia’s nalysing how sea level rise ing Avalon thought she eth som coastal areas was not degree for. But more banks, would be using her maths ple anisations are looking for peo governments and other org m. with maths skills to help the with the Bank of Queensland lyst ana e ativ As a quantit to help build and maintain (BOQ), Avalon’s main job is . the credit risk of customers computer models to assess the analysis to understand “My team and I do a lot of es of extreme events, typ tain bank’s readiness for cer needed to cover potential and the money that could be losses,” Avalon explains. zles and she became As a child, Avalon loved puz school. “I never found maths fascinated with maths in high When I was deciding on my to be impossible or a chore. had studied maths and I uni study, I knew people who prospects,” she says. eer talked to them about the car ugh, is her mum, who worked Her biggest inspiration, tho when female geologists and as a geologist in the 1980s her has worked in STEM roles engineers were rare. “Mum says. she ,” me on off has rubbed whole life and that passion inly ma ce, offi the in e tim Day-to-day Avalon enjoys her attending events run by and re, twa sof SAS or R in coding g area and I definitely win gro a the bank. “Financial risk is industry in the near future,” foresee myself staying in the she says. – Claire Harris


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Data Scientist, McKinsey & Company

, Emergency Department hen patients present to the ir the at k loo rs’ jobs to it’s the nurses’ and docto at’s wrong and help wh t ou ure fig , symptoms nd are rk alone. In the backgrou them. But they don’t wo like ple peo – ge led cia l know experts contributing cru the at ist ent sci a pa l dat Jane Shrapnel, the princi tal. spi Ho ’s ren ild Sydney Ch Choose this t how data can ou ure fig to job e’s It’s Jan career if you: d an e car t be used to improve patien > Love helping people the as le, outcomes. For examp > Want to work in ly 2020, she pandemic unfolded in ear a hospital VID-19 > Love coding, math helped collect data on CO ns around bed and data patients to inform decisio intensive care. capacity and demand for s: looking at “In the fut ure, we will be pical task taff on y T ian nic cli rt po implementing tools to sup hospita l s s. ising w ithex pected outcome ngs like determining the ia thi for L ing • ak n-m isio dec d n ent a atm tre s at coronavirus or wh project a im tabase patient’s risk for severe from a da rs a nd e,” she says. cas ta r a ula d rtic pa t g tha in for t plan might be bes • Sou rc w ith docto

Data & Insights Manager, Workplace Gender Equality Agency

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Data Analyst, MLC

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a Jane Shrapnel uses her dat skills to help doctors on the medical frontline

Principal Data Scientist, Sydney Children’s Hospital Network



Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and International Relations, Deakin University



Solving big problems Maths just clicked fo r one girl in rural Th Now, Natalie Thamwatt ailand. ana is a world-leading researcher in nanote ch na had Ngamta “Natalie” Thamwatta rowing up in rural Thailand, Her r. e a world-leading researche no idea she’d one day becom y The an. and her father was a policem mother was a dressmaker attend university. encouraged her to study and ours in degree with First-Class Hon nce Natalie completed a scie ed her plet com and versity in Bangkok, Mathematics at Mahidol Uni llongong. PhD at the University of Wo University of applied mathematics at the in or fess pro She is now a One area of eral awards for her research. Newcastle and has won sev ld build for is looking at how we cou research she is well-known body. an to deliver drugs into the hum molecule-sized structures ths, ma of world through the lens Natalie loves looking at the bulk how or g nanotechnology whether it’s drug delivery usin ry kind of of a silo. “I believe that eve out flow l, materials, such as coa s. say she ,” g mathematics problem can be looked at usin alie on to higher education, Nat go to ily fam her in As the first ations. situ ilar sim in s ent stud for can be understands how difficult this r,” che tea r you work of friends, and talk to “It’s important to find a net lker Wa oe Chl tilised by our students.” – she advises. “We are under-u


Natalie Thamwattana uses geometry and calculus at in her nanotech research tle the University of Newcas

Bachelor of Science / Mathematics (Honours), Mahidol University, Thailand

PhD in Applied Mathematics, University of Wollongong

Professor, University of Wollongong

Post-doctoral fellow, University of Wollongong

Professor, University of Newcastle





5 STEM careers in h t l a e h c i l b u p ic to remind us just how Sometimes it takes a pandem gigs can be life-saving maths + health

1 Vaccine scientist


One of the most important careers in the world right now is that of a vaccine scientist. On their to-do list? Preventing or curing diseases by developing, trialling and executing effective immunisation programs.

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Health careers are often ass ociated with stethoscopes and scrubs, but there are officebased medical roles that also save lives. During a pandemic, epidemiologist s collect, dissect and summarise data – uncovering life-saving insights. Skills: Seen those #flatten thecurve infographics? They’re a visual example of how an epidemiologist’s maths, sta ts and science skills can predict and illustrate alar ming health trends. Study: Master of Clinical Epid emiology, University of Newcastle

Skills: Advanced knowledge of maths, cellular biology, biochemistry and microbiology is essential. Study: Bachelor of Science (Medical Science), University of Sydney

hnician Medical lab tec ctices,

pra in hospitals, general alongside physicians rk wo s d treat pro an EM e ST os e Thes out tests to diagn earch labs, carrying res d rforming an pe ics , les clin te mp va sa pri llecting blood day might involve co g fluids. sin aly an d an e patients. An average determine blood typ to ts tes t ou ing rry ills are blood counts, ca upled with people sk ence background co sci al dic me like g – on ts str tes Skills : A en performing ites. Maths is key wh uis req s. pre ion ard ipt nd scr sta pre pretty uing dosages and wns – and when iss do ak bre t un co od blo s Cook University loma of Science, Jame Study : Graduate Dip




Biostatisticians fuse science and statistics, dividing their time between designing experiments and dissecting data. In this case of COVID-19 their research is behind the social distancing and travel limiting laws. Skills: Stats, maths, biology and research brains. Study: Master of Biostatistics, University of Melbourne



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Infectious disease physician

primarily treate Infectious disease physicians t-to-diagnose patients with rare and difficul ic they test as many illnesses. During a pandem e, interpret test suspected carriers as possibl the patient. e results and medically manag advanced maths is a Skills: As well as biology, serious plus. Diseases, University Study: Master of Infectious e Steel ssi of Western Australia – Ca


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On trend

YouTube Culture & Trends Lead, APAC

s and data Ashley Chang’s skills in math ltural trends analytics and his nose for cu is the perfect fit at YouTube


math&DataS+TUDY dia social me s / Bachelor of rmation System

iversity siness Info ), Swinburne Un Bachelor of Bu Data Analytics in or aj ia), (m s es M Busin l and Social ed unication (Digita dney m m Co of or el Sy Bach chnology University of Te ity ), Curtin Univers Sc a ience Major at (D e nc ie Sc Bachelor of

math&DataJ+OBS social meagderia : $44K–$ 82K

nager at YouTube, s a cu lture and trends ma tch videos at Ashley Chang gets to wa uirement. For the past work – yep, it’s a job req a team across the Asia year, he’s been building the data and gain an Pacific region to dig into re through trends in the ltu understanding of pop cu ing and ma king. videos people are watch ight into who we are ins r “You gain a greate that this is useful to as people,” he says, adding re. shapes and ref lects cu ltu determine how YouTube t ne ter “in an f as Ashley describes himsel d ough information to fin thr g tin sif – t” gis olo anthrop . lue va y interact and what the clues about how people

Executive MBA, UTS

Senior Social Media ision Producer, ABC Telev


an Social media m 117K tegist: $48K–$ ra st ia Social med 100K* –$ 5K $4 : g manager Online marketin according to pa *Source: salaries

ashley chang culture and trends manager

Dream ride

his tra l to Ashley’s role, but Maths and data are cen lism rna jou uble degree in journey started with a do nd University of sla een and business at Qu ally landing a role at the Technology, before eventu TV. media outlet Pedestrian then-newly established ployee hired, and says Ashley was the third em y ess did. He was eventuall his role grew as the busin for r to work as an edito headhunted by the ABC moved on to become the d their iview platform, an years C TV. Then, a couple of social media lead at AB be, uTu Yo rrent role at ago, Ashley landed his cu to be his dream job. t ou d ne tur which he says t people aspiring to work Ashley recommends tha under va lue what they can in social media shouldn’t d “Be willing to evolve an bring to an organisation. s. say he ll be hard for you,” upskill, do things that wi

other countries in the Pa cific region identify significant viewing patter ns. “It’s dividing the forest from the trees – which trends tell a story? How do we use these stories to achieve business goa ls and understand how YouTube is perceived?” he says.

Maths adds value

ism/ Bachelor of Journal , QUT ss ine Bus of r Bachelo

Editor-in-Chief Pedestrian.TV

What’s the story?


Be willing to evolve and upskill, do things that will be hard for you”

st social media roles are Ashley explains that mo a analy tics – separating around understanding dat which trends are signa ls from noise to see what you can see in data, important. “It’s amazing to you to draw the right and data doesn’t lie. It’s up insights,” he says. hley’s role is managing Around 50 per cent of As Australian part of the trends and cu lture for the the other ha lf is helping YouTube platform, and

Choose this career if yo


> Live and breathe social media > Know what’s trend ing on socials RN > Don’t mind some maths, data and coding > Like writing and comms


Although Ashley didn’t go on to do a maths or sci ence degree, he studied threeunit maths at high school . For careers in the social and digita l media space, Ashley says a good groun ding in maths can help you interpret data to fin d stories about how peo ple are using information, wh at those stories mean for societ y and how they aff ect organisations. While a knack for numb ers is a huge va lue-add, Ashley recommends tha t people looking to follow a similar career pat h also build skills in weaving the m into stories that mean som ething to their audience. “The volume of data is inc reasing exponentially. The va lue that current stu dents will provide is being able to manage the systems that collect the data and interpret it in a way that machines never cou ld,” he says. – Nadin e Cranenburgh Ash’s team has used viewing data to create a whole website looking back on the YouTube moments that defined 2019. Check it out at




s r e b m u n e h t n Ru 3D skeletons, Formula 1 sailing boats and high-tech bikes – welcome to the sports data revolution e on the ssie Olympians get the edg ver wondered how our Au rd and having ha ng ini right food, tra the ing eat it’s re, Su ? on oppositi a analy tics. y have a new weapon: dat the w no t bu de, itu att ler a kil rs thanks massively in just a few yea ged an ch s ha e enc sci s Sport data revolution data records. This sports of ns llio mi of s red nd to hu scientists to help for maths, stats and data d an dem big a ng ati cre is of the Olympic podium. Australia stay on the top an Institute of Sport analy tics at the Australi Stuart Morgan, head of who understand sport, isation needs is “people (AIS), says what the organ lities that will make a science skills and capabi but it’s those crucial dat ence right now”. their career in sports sci


Smooth sailing: Sailing is known sometimes as the ‘Formula 1 of aquatic sports’ because of its tech-driven approach to performance. Olympic yachts are rigged up with sensors measuring everything from humidity to hull strength. Wave after wave of data has to be interpreted in real-time.

(Don’t) break a leg


data to Triathlon Australia uses ury inj protect athletes from

with rts data project has been One recent successful spo g. nin rt that includes run triathlons – an Olympic spo . ling swimming and cyc athlete health Triathlon Australia hired an r health and specialist in 2018 to monito daily sur veys with training data and conduct a analyst at athletes. Wade Hobbs, dat t “injuries in Triathlon Australia, says tha t of this par n triathletes who have bee mmeted”. plu e hav athlete health system represent ch whi , ries inju “Bone stress ning and trai of s term in t the highest cos n reduced bee e hav , lost e tim n competitio ,” l win he says. by 72% , so it’s been a rea


wade hobbs data analyst

maths&data +sports study Bachelor

of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Canberra Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Mathematics, Queens land University of Techno logy Bachelor of Mathema tics and Statistics, University of Western Aus tralia Master of Sport Analyti cs, La Trobe University

maths&data +sports JOBS Data

analyst: $51K– $107K Data scientist: $63K– $132K Exercise physiologist: $47K– $73K* *Source: salaries accord ing to


Teamwork with robots Artificial Intelligence (A I) as a key tool in sports scis emerging ience

“The real bat tleground now is AI,” says Stuart, “and the people doing this work are largely computer scientists who are providing us with algorithms that we can use to monitor and improve per form ance.” “We’re building AI algorithm s that can interpret what athletes are doing just from broadcast vision,” explain s Stuart, who also leads AIS’s Com puter Vision and Machine Lea rnin g group. “Our objective is to help our athletes but also to unders tand more about our opponents than they understand about the mselves.”

Our objective is to help our athletes but also to understand more about our opponents than they understand about themselves.” Stuart Morgan, Head of Analytics, the Australian Institute of Sport

Brains and brawn cara grzeskowiak data analyst

a data analyst Cara Grzeskowiak is lping athletes and champion rower he nce improve their performa champ, Cara hen she’s not being a rowing analyst for the a dat a as Grzeskowiak works System (AMS). ent em nag Ma AIS’s national Athlete Australia in rowing Between stints representing at the 2019 World – including a bronze medal ed a degree in Science Rowing Cup – Cara complet jor, Applied Statistics and Economics (Maths ma ional University (ANU) minor) at the Australian Nat that her current role is in Canberra. She explains s useable data to lete “mainly about giving ath rds”. nda sta improve performance data has grown the d, che “Since AMS laun recorded more now e hav we exponentially and sions covering 42 than 1.5 million training ses challenge – and where sports,” she says. The big their STEM skills the Cara and her colleagues use mass of data. this most – is what they do with rmation but info e pac “Runners might need ing rowed load or e anc rowers might need dist a is available dat t wha out king stats, so we’re wor formats that people and how we get the data into .” – Matthew Brace can use to improve training


Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Economics, ANU

AMS Officer, ACT Academy of Sport

2019 Australian Representative, Women’s Quad, World Rowing Championships


Data Analyst, Australian Institute of Sport 2019 Australian Rowing Championships




a t a d d n a s k c Bri create better spaces Mix IT with design skills to

Choose this career if you:

are engineering and design nformation technology, ving pro im iting career areas merging into new and exc ies. our cities and communit ildings the environment and bu , ple Data from cities, peo ild bu to us ow all ways that are being combined in new an space. whole ‘digital twins’ of urb a lise the changes in the are ua vis can we “Using data, d an g gin a city is growing or chan iety and to understand how soc , ent promising the environm make sure we are not com d an low fel Soheil Sabri, research or the economy,” says Dr tructure ban Analy tics Data Infras Ur , senior project manager urne. at the University of Melbo


> Love coding, maths and data > Are interested in helping to protect the environment > Get excited about art, design and interactivity > Want to improve access for people with disabilities > Would like to design better urban spaces


ta Maths&cDeaS STUDY pa +SMARTlor ofSCity Planning, UNSW

Bache n Planning, ign and Tow es D an rb U ast Bachelor of Sunshine Co University of Melbourne of ty si er iv Design, Un IT Bachelor of Science, RM Geospatial NSW FE Bachelor of TA Practice, Sustainable Diploma of

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Digital twins

Soheil studied urban an d regional planning, bef ore living in Asia and develo ping analy tical tools to me asure livability. He’s now at the University of Melbourn e, working on the Fisherma ns Bend ‘digital twin’ pro ject in collaboration with Land Use Victoria. Fishermans Bend is Australia’s biggest urb an redevelopment and wi ll house 80,000 people and create 80,000 jobs by 2050. Digital twins are replica s of physical areas in the digital space. They combin e Artificial Intelligence, virtual reality and real-ti me data with 2D and 3D engineering data and geo spatial data (like Google Maps) to ref lect the current rea lity and allow people to better understand the consequen ces of decisions. This cou ld be as simple as a person dec iding how to get from A to B, or governments looking to understand the environm ental or social impact of their po licy decisions. “You can look at the are a over time, in peak hour, or if you’re using different types of public transport , for example,” says Prof Abbas Rajabifard, who leads the research and development of the Fishermans Bend ‘digital twin’ project. “If we can visualise the eff ect our decision makes, it let s us make better inform ed decisions.” – Heather Ca tchpole

3D printing is helpin spaces understand g people who plan urban th them and make dec e physical space around isions based on vis ua l evidence #handy


Typical tasks

anthony baxter softwarE engineer

• Work with industry to ma nag e water and waste. • Col laborate with a variety of people across govern ment, business and com mu nity. • Visual ise and describe futu rist bui ldings, parks and workplace ic s. • Design innovative urban spaces.

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services, mostly to on people use Google Maps very month more than a billi s, the platform can But during natural disaster find their way from A to B. authorities to show the a from emergency service also pull together trusted dat track of a typhoon. spread of a bushfire, or the Response team back king with the Google Crisis Anthony Baxter started wor killed 173 people. In ch es in Victoria in 2009, whi in the Black Saturday bushfir a Google team to with hfire season, he worked the most recent 2019-20 bus alerts provide the The es. hfir impacted by the bus provide SOS alerts for areas on the severity of the emergency service authorities most up-to-date data from the fire spread. fires, as well as visuals of Rural Fire Service various agencies such as the The Google team works with sibl t pos e information on the SOS alerts, so the bes to help craft the messages has to curate the hony explains how his team gets out to the audience. Ant think about what the to d d for the alerts. “You nee emergency services data use or out of date. It’s ing lead might be confusing, mis data shows and whether it ing about.” talk are y the t erts who know wha really vital to have these exp gle Maps, but Goo of sion ver roid ks on the And Day-to-day Anthony also wor from helping out crisis gs he does in his work life, there’s heaps of other thin user interface ural disasters, to working with agencies during times of nat nes. pho we use Google Maps on our designers to improve the way says Anthony. s!” desk coding with headphone “It’s not just sitting at your r Catchpole the Hea – across the organisation.” “I’m working with people all

Software Engineer,

Software Engineer, Google

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Robotics and Digital Technology, Chisholm Institute

you need to think about what the data shows and if it might be confusing”

Systems administrator, Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute





Do maths like a tradie

Nope, it’s not all me at pies an iced coffe d es. 80% o f constr uct workers B ion YO their lu nch to work


Think that if you’re a budding tradesperson, dropping maths is no big deal? In actual fact, hands-on trades use numbers a lot more than you’d think

Maths&Data +Trades STUDY

d loads of ated with tools, trucks an rade gigs are often associ skills involved re’s a stack of basic maths physical labour, but the d constr uction maintenance, repair an in almost every type of floorspace ratios to antities and determining role. From calcu lating qu s, most tradespeople conver ting measurement that sticking ordering materials and of numbers – something ge led ow kn ced an adv rely on an fy. can seriously help solidi with high school maths a skills are just as are ebra, trig and basic alg w ho at k loo we re, He cy drill. – Cassie Steel l tradie’s toolkit as a fan sfu ces suc a to nt rta po im


Cer tificate III in Electrotech nology Electrician, Swinburne University of Tec hnology Cer tificate III in Bricklaying, TAFE NSW Diploma of Building and Con struction, Open Colleges

Maths&Data +Trades JOBS Electrician: $45K– $100K

Builder: $46K–$139K Plumber: $41K–$ 91K* *Source: salaries according to

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Apart from all the basic stu ff – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – electricians regularly use fractions, percentages and decimals when working out things like room dimension s, wiring lengths, wat t to kilowat t conversions and load calculations. Ohm’s Law (voltage = current x resista nce ) is a go-to equation when studying electrical circ uits, and trigonometry comes in handy when figu ring out the correct angle to bend a section of protective tubing.

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Maths meets art and constru ction in a process that is lite rally all about being accurate, cor rect and symmetrical. Like a hypothetical problem out of a geometry tex tbook, a tiler regularly faces the challen ge of calculating how many 2D objects (tiles) will fit into a par ticular space (a floor). Visualisation, spatial reason ing and geometric modelling along with an advanced understan ding of the units, systems and processes of measurement are pretty standard prereq uisites.

Licensed plumber

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