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See www.mathscareers.org.au for more information about
careers in mathematics and statistics. If you are interested in
mathematics, you should also consider some of the
specialisations within accounting, business and management,
computing and information technology, economics, education and
training, and engineering and technology. Gaining a broader
qualification or combining mathematics with another area of study
could make life easier when the time comes to find a job.
Courses and specialisations
Mathematics courses are more readily available than you might
expect considering it is such a specialised field. Student numbers
are quite small though, despite countless reports suggesting that
mathematics teachers are in dire shortage and that there are few
mathematics practitioners (statisticians and mathematical
scientists, for instance) to undertake future research and
technology efforts. Of course, if you are contemplating university-
level mathematics you might also be interested in this subject in
its own right, not as a means to an occupational end.
Where to study
If you think you might want to go on to do postgraduate research,
it is an advantage to do your first degree at one of the universities
with an established research track record. Courses at the newer
universities are usually at the more ‘applied’ end of the spectrum.
While cut-offs vary, entry is not all that easy in this field
overall, and you can expect to find mathematics as a prerequisite.
To compare entry difficulty at different institutions, see the ‘How
tough is it to get in?’ tables in Section 4.
There is currently a serious shortage of secondary school
mathematics teachers in Australia and a decline in tertiary
students completing degrees in these areas. A number of
programs have been introduced to address these problems.
Mentoring programs such as the federal government’s
Mathematicians in Schools aim to engage students at a young
age to encourage them to consider a career in mathematics. The
program pairs mathematicians with teachers and students to
provide students with a fresh, applied approach to maths
education. University programs, such as the University of
Sydney’s Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics
Education (IISME), also promote new ways to learn mathematics.
Other initiatives include the New South Wales Government’s
teaching scholarships, which provide students with a $23,000
financial incentive to train as a maths teacher.
The student body and graduate ratings
THE STUDENT BODY
tuition costs for
Teaching quality Generic skills
The fees shown are for the whole course and are approximate. Confirm with the institution concerned. For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 429.
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