On graduating, students will:

  • have highly developed levels of personal initiative and be able to think independently
  • have the ability to work collaboratively across national and international boundaries
  • understand the importance of the interdisciplinary nature of science
  • possess superior technical skills
  • understand the nature of sustainability
  • be able to communicate the nature of their discipline to the wider community, and
  • be immediately employable in the workplace.

Mathematics

Many mathematics graduates study advanced degrees and go on to research positions at universities, Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and private companies. Statistics, operations research and financial mathematics are the areas of mathematics most often used in industry, and there has been a particular upsurge in the number of mathematicians employed in banking, finance, insurance and risk-management. Graduates with a strong degree in any area of mathematics are respected for their excellent quantitative and problem- solving abilities and win a wide range of rewarding positions in the public and private sectors. The careers Web page of the Australian Mathematics Society (www.austms.org.au/Jobs) contains an up-to-date list of job advertisements throughout Australia.

Statistics

Students majoring in statistics are in very high demand in business, industry, research and government. In business and industry, statisticians are involved in quality control, reliability, product development and improvement, plus delivery and marketing processes. Statisticians may also manage assets and liabilities, determining the risks and returns of certain investments. Statisticians are employed by nearly every government department and in many scientific, medical, environmental, defence and agricultural agencies. Business firms rely on workers with a background in statistics to forecast sales, analyse business conditions, and help solve managerial problems.

Physics

Physics graduates develop robust, high-level analytical and problem-solving skills that are widely applicable and highly valued by a diverse range of employers including those in education, finance, engineering, computing and management.

Physicists engage in a wide range of exciting and rewarding careers across many industries in both the public and private sectors. Many physicists are employed by governments in research and management positions; by universities in the areas of teaching, research and technical positions; as education and science communicators; in health and medical sectors; and in nuclear physics. Other physicists take a higher degree and work in research and development; undertaking fundamental research to increase scientific knowledge, or applied research to develop new devices, products or processes.