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In 2013, the unemployment rate of mathematics graduates was
recorded at 30 per cent (a slight decrease on the 34 per cent
unemployment rate the previous year). This is also a field where
many graduates go onto further study (43 per cent of 2012
graduates). Of those who got jobs, some went into occupations
requiring specialised mathematical skills (such as computer
professionals, actuaries, statisticians, mathematicians, and
researchers); others went into more general jobs in public and
private sector organisations; and some became teachers.
Starting salaries were high, averaging $57,545.
FOR FURTHER HELP...
• To compare the pros and cons of mathematics with other
fields of study, see the table on page 64 and the institution
profiles in Section 4.
• For more about jobs and careers in this field, see the Job
Guide website at http://jobguide.thegoodguides.com.au.
• For ratings of postgraduate mathematics courses, see the
Hobsons Course Finder website at
Andrew — Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Commerce majoring in mathematics
Why did you choose to study
I would secretly get excited about doing
maths at school. Maths is also an
extremely broad field, so choosing to
study it prevented me from having to
definitively lock down a career path.
What was the best thing about your course?
I would say the crazy math student social life. The ability to
understand any problem from a mathematical viewpoint has
really aided my career development, and I wouldn’t have this
without my degree.
What was the worst thing about your course?
Morning lectures and mid-semester assignments (I am an
exams kind of guy). Also, in my five years at the university I
had next to no personal interaction with the faculty or teaching
staff. The university, particularly the commerce component of
my degree, felt like a degree factory.
What did your course involve?
Generally, we had about 16 contact hours a week, made up of
lectures and tutorials. I was also able to do some physics
subjects, which involved an additional three-hour lab class in
Beyond classes, the degree offered no practical work
experience or placement, and most classes seemed to be
gearing you up for further study.
Have you found work in your field?
Yes. I work in property economics and I can safely say that
the maths side of my degree is far more utilised than the
What advice would you give to students considering
Coping is simple if you just do the work. In terms of getting a
job, mathematics is such a broad field, from high-rolling
investment banking to hardcore quantum mechanics, so the
world will forever demand mathematicians. The university
offered a great careers centre, which was aimed at placing
students into graduate programs that required you to be
available for interviews within the first half of your final year. I
was overseas at the beginning of my final year and, as such,
was left on my own to find work. You really need to stay on top
of the graduate placement opportunities early in your final
year or even earlier when the summer internships are offered.
Have you completed further study?
I am in the process of completing a master of economics, a
course completely grounded in maths.
National average rate of retention
National avg. rate of
retention by ATAR range
EMPLOYMENT, SALARIES AND FURTHER STUDY
Australian Capital Territory
For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 429.
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