Careers in maths

18 December 2020
Discover where a maths degree could lead you
Due to the growing importance of technology, big data and economic efficiency in all kinds of businesses, mathematics, statistics and data science graduates continue to be in high demand.

The University of Sydney Mathematical Research Institute

Combining mathematical research with public outreach, and building careers in mathematics in Australia.

Why study mathematical sciences?

A mathematical sciences masters, major or degree gives graduates a wide variety of job opportunities. Mathematics is involved in just about every job in some way, and it's particularly essential in the in-demand fields of science, finance and technology. The analytical and quantitative skills you learn will serve you well in any career you pursue.

Whether you are intending to major in the mathematical sciencess and statistics, or another field such as music, neuroscience, commerce, or psychology, our degree programs will prepare you to deal with everything from solving practical problems to the most abstract of concepts.

It is a discipline which offers great research opportunities to students wishing to undertake an honours year, where your own research project can be used as a foundation for further study or to increase employabilityment prospects.

Mathematics and statistics courses are also increasingly digitally computation-based and interlinked with computer science, ensuring that graduates are well-equipped to use the latest technology platforms.

What maths job opportunities are there?

Graduates who have majored in mathematics and statistics are able to demonstrate strong analytical and problem-solving skills. They are skilled at data analysis, are able to use models to find meaning in complicated data, and can use quantitative data to build solutions.

The jobs available to maths graduates are very diverse. You could pursue careers in areas such as insurance, economics, research, IT and more.

Many organisations look for high-calibre graduates, and a graduate’s ability to prove they can analyse problems, plan ahead, make decisions, demonstrate sound judgement, and communicate with others are all key skills.

The mathematical sciences provide graduates with an exciting diversity of pathways, sure to satisfy those who wish to use scientific thinking and processes to better understand the world, improve processes and discover a innovations in a range of fields.

Industries         Companies Roles








  • ASIO
  • Bureau of Meteorology
  • Science & Technology Australia
  • ABS
  • Morgan Stanley
  • E&Y
  • Google
  • Westpac
  • PwC
- Academic
- Actuary (with further study)
- Business Intelligence Analyst
- Computer programmer
- Data scientist
- Information security analyst
- Intelligence analyst
- Mathematician
- Operations analyst
- Researcher
- Statistician
- Teacher (with further study)

*Salaries taken from in October 2020 based on Australian salary data.

How can I study mathematics and statistics?

Specialist courses

Undergraduate courses

Programs and majors available in these courses:

Most majors are also available as minors.

Postgraduate coursework

Postgraduate research

To find a potential supervisor visit Research Supervisor Connect.

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