Career Options in Mathematics

Mathematics underpins many activities of modern society.

A graduate with a mathematics degree, or with a strong mathematical component to their degree, is a valuable person in today's world. Besides the knowledge and understanding of mathematics itself, you will have valuable analytical and problem-solving skills.

Mathematics is used in almost every type of business, large and small. Studying mathematics in combination with another subject means you can work in other fields, such as chemistry, biology, Earth sciences, computing, economics, finance, engineering, physics, electronics, banking and meteorology, to name just a few.

Career Options

  • Cryptographer
  • Data Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • IT or Computing Analyst
  • Mathematical Modeller
  • Meteorologist
  • Research Scientist
  • Secondary School Teacher

Potential Employers

  • District/City Councils
  • Government Organisations eg Reserve Bank, Treasury, Ministry of Economic Development, Crown Research Institutes
  • Private Sector eg power companies, banks, insurance companies
  • Secondary Schools


Read about where Mathematics has taken some of our recent graduates. Read more.

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