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Mathematician

Develop and apply mathematical principles and techniques to solve mathematical problems; invent new mathematical formulas that describe concepts or real-world phenomena.

Overview

Mathematicians use mathematical principles to solve problems in all areas of science, engineering, technology, social sciences, business, industry and commerce.

Work is usually in an office.

Suited for imaginative people who enjoy advanced mathematics and problem-solving. The ability to focus at length on an abstract problem, to pay close attention to details within the big picture, and to work independently or with a team are all important.

Day-to-day

  • formulate mathematical models to simulate processes
  • apply models to experimental observations
  • develop algorithms and perform computations
  • work with management and clients to determine the subject or area to be surveyed or examined
  • decide the data to be collected, and the methodology to analyse it
  • analyse and interpret data and use this to create relevant statistics to describe and infer trends and patterns.

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