Mathematics

Mathematics is about a wide range of analytical tools and techniques.

Studying in this area usually involves learning about a combination of 'pure' and 'applied' topics.

Pure mathematics includes algebra, calculus, geometry and topology, combinatorics, logic, and number theory, etc.

Applied mathematics includes mathematical physics, computing, information theory and signal processing, probability and statistics, game theory, and operations research, etc.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Mathematician
  • Actuary
  • Physicist
  • Cryptographer
  • Computer programmer
  • Engineer
  • Analyst
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Technician
  • Maths teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

161% of national
median earnings


Employment

61%
Employed
1%
Unemployed
27%
Further study
11%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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