**A mathematical
mind is a beautiful mind. And a useful one.**

The word "mathematics"
on a graduate's record tells an employer that the graduate can pick
up technicalities, understand what software does, and analyse data.

*In today's
information-rich environment, the possibilities for mathematically
trained graduates are endless.*

Interested
in money?

There are very well-paid jobs in finance, handling risk analysis,
investment planning, option pricing and stock market prediction.

Want
to save the world?

The mathematics of Greenhouse climate models still needs a lot of
work. Greenhouse models are typical of the large mathematical models
used to understand and predict complex systems like the atmosphere,
interacting populations of animal species and the different sectors
of economies.

Want
to be at the cutting edge of science?

The Genome Project is making bioinformatics an expanding area for
applications of mathematics.

Powerful
statistical methods are needed to make sense of other huge data sets,
such as those

generated by drug tests, supermarket scanners and defence surveillance
satellites.

Want
a job meeting people?

Mathematics graduates who combine their technical knowledge with people
skills are in special

demand, since many jobs involve communicating in teams and explaining
the results to outside clients.

For this reason, double degrees and combined degrees are increasingly
popular options - for example, maths and finance, maths and law, maths
with science communication.

Like
sharing your knowledge?

There is a shortage of high school mathematics teachers, so mathematics
with education is attractive for those who wish to inspire the next
generation.

Academic positions in mathematics are harder to find, but are possible
for those enthusiastic to make contributions to research.

Take
a look at some profiles of a few Mathematics
graduates from around Australia.

The
Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training publish
*The Job Guide*, which provides an in-depth look at a range of
occupations, and their education and training pathways. It also gives
useful information about how to work out what occupations suit you
best, based on your interests and abilities. There are also contact
addresses under each entry so that you can find out more detailed
information about the occupation. Take a look at the entry for Mathematician
and related jobs.

The
University of Western Australia has developed links to organisations
who employ mathematics and statistics graduates which will give
you some very useful information.