Mathematics is the science of patterns: numerical patterns, patterns of shape, patterns of motion, patterns of behaviour, and so on. Since patterns are found in all areas of life, so is mathematics. In statistics, we start with some real-life data and want to find out as much as we can about the processes that produced the data. Modern life produces almost endless amounts of data, which means that statisticians are always in high demand.
How do computer games work? How is the information contained in an MP3 file transformed into music? How are traffic lights programmed to yield the best flow of traffic? How do we know which quantity of an antibiotic is going to get rid of your flu? All these questions are answered using mathematics and statistics.
From biology to engineering to the finance industry, mathematics and statistics are in action. As a mathematician or statistician you have the opportunity to contribute to almost any field of endeavour. Mathematical and statistical skills are flexible and transferable, and can be applied to almost any industry anywhere around the world.
By studying mathematics and statistics you improve your logical thinking, problem solving and analytical skills. Solving mathematical and statistical problems requires creativity and adaptability. These skills are highly valued by employers.
Career choices are boundless - see our Careers page or the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute Careers guide for more details regarding job prospects. You can also find out what some of our former students are doing now on our alumni page.