What can I do with Mathematics?


These days Mathematics is used everywhere and it is used more and more. This makes it possible for a mathematician to apply his knowledge in almost every field one can think of. Mathematics is about solving problems of purely theoretical or practical nature. You could for instance:

  • determine how to manage an industry in order to show the maximum profits.
  • model the population growth of antelope on a game farm.
  • predict the performance of an artificial limb.
  • solve the Goldbach conjecture (every even n > 2 is the sum of two primes).

Mathematics also plays an important role in the field of:

  • Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Psychology
  • Agriculture
  • Engineering
  • Trade and Industry
  • Marketing management
  • Quality control

and many more.

Let's look at some of the typical jobs being advertised these days specifying a certain qualification in Mathematics and/or Applied Mathematics:

  • Investment Risk and Performance Analyst
  • Supply planner
  • Teacher
  • Simulation and Modelling Consultant
  • Optimisation Consultant
  • Demand Planner
  • Lecturer
  • Business Analyst
  • Research Statistician

Possible Job Advertisements

A good idea is to read some of these advertisements to give you an idea of what employers expect of a possible employee. Included are three recently advertised positions:

Job Ad #481113: Business Intelligence Developer (Market-related Cost To Company)
Contract skilled-level position in the Information Technology sector in Pretoria in South Africa (Gauteng).
This is an Employment Equity (Affirmative Action) position.
Posted by Kanimambo on 31/01/2007, Ref #102-2005.

Job Purpose:

  • To participate actively in the development life cycle of BI applications through the analysis, coding and customisation of adopted BI tools and the maintenance thereof.
  • Responsible for preparing statistical analysis including BI reporting, data forecasting, data mining, profiling and the use of appropriate visualisation.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Implement staging rules and utilisation of ETL tools for data extract and loading to BI infrastructure.
  • Generate cubes or data marts for data analysis.
  • Developing BI applications.
  • Analysis of internal and external data sources.
  • Developing reports using BI tools.
  • Participate in BI projects and present results in a professional manner.
  • Perform data mapping.
  • Perform forecasting and trend analysis.
  • Perform statistical analysis and apply various statistical and mathematical models.

Job Context:

  • The incumbent will work closely with the Data Certification team for data availability and consistency and with the End User experience team to establish user requirements.
  • Will be expected to follow defined development policies, procedures, and standards.
  • The incumbent will be required to analyse and present results to business users and other stakeholders.

Major Challenges:

  • Delivering solutions within data availability and quality constraints.
  • Migration from existing data extract environment to EDW and reporting environment.
  • Volume of business requirements.
  • Poorly formulated user requirement specifications.

The following qualifications and experience is required:

  • A BSc degree or equivalent tertiary qualification in the field of Mathematical Statistics, Applied Mathematics, and Computer Science
  • Minimum of 2 years' experience in an IT environment preferably in data warehousing
  • Background in data analysis and BI tools
  • Analytical and facilitation skills
  • Business Analysis and Business Intelligence
  • Project Management
  • Data Mining and Database Design Java, Natural Adabas, Visual Basic, C# System Design, development and testing

Apply for this position by sending your original, updated, MS Word CV to odettevs@kanimambo.co.za Due to time constraints, only short-listed candidates will be contacted within 3 days of submission, otherwise you can consider your application as unsuccessful. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Data Administrator (Biostatistician) Directorate: Health Information Management and Technology

Centre: Central Office, Johannesburg (Research and Epidemiology Unit)
Salary: R122 841 p.a. (Plus benefits)


  • Appropriate tertiary degree: BSc Mathematics, BCom Statistics, BSc or a health-related degree
  • Computer literacy
  • Good verbal and written communication skills and analytical skills
  • Experience in surveillance systems will be a recommendation.


  • Initiate and maintain provincial active surveillance system
  • Monitor disease trend in the province
  • Maintain the GDoH database
  • Maintain the research-filing system.

Enquiries: Ms Precious Mayindi, Tel: 011 355 3284.
We welcome applications from persons with disabilities.
The Provincial Government of Gauteng is committed to the achievement and maintenance of diversity and equity in employment, especially in respect of race, gende,r and disability.

Applications must be submitted on form Z83, downloadable below, which must be completed in full. A certified copy of your identity document and qualifications must be attached. The specific reference number of the post must be quoted; failure to comply with these instructions will disqualify applications from being processed. Applications can be delivered to Gauteng Shared Service Centre, 77 Fox Street, Johannesburg or posted to Private Bag X114, Marshalltown 2107. Closing date: 15 February 2007.

Technical Writer( Mathematics degree required)
Company: The MathWorks, Inc. Location: Natick, MA 01760
Status: Full time, Employee Job Category: Computers, Software
Relevant work experience: 5+ to 7 years
Career level: Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education level: Bachelor's degree

Job Description: Technical Writer for MATLAB and Math Toolbox


MathWorks technical writers work closely with development teams to research, plan, write, and update the exposition and examples in the product documentation. Writers also participate in the specification and testing of software, and are expected to contribute to projects related to the overall quality of the documentation.


  • Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, science, or engineering
  • 3+ years' experience in writing and organising information for a technical audience


  • Knowledge of MATLAB
  • Experience with HTML, XML, and XML authoring tools
  • Experience in teaching and curriculum development
  • Interest in exploring problems in numerical linear algebra, statistics, optimisation, and financial mathematics
  • Master’s degree or PhD in a technical field

Contact Information
Company: The MathWorks, Inc.
Email: jillian.franklin@mathworks.com
Reference Code: 4421

For further reading, see these job-related sites:

http://www.careerjunction.co.za/ (South Africa)
http://www.careers24.com/ (South Africa)
http://www.recruitmentdirect.co.za/ (South Africa)
http://www.jobmail.co.za/ (South Africa)
http://www.jobs4u.co.za/ (South Africa)
http://www.careerexpo.co.za/ (This site explains what different jobs entail and what to study to get there.)

http://www.maths-jobs.co.uk/ (United Kingdom)
http://www.monster.com/ (Worldwide)
http://www.ams.org/employment/ (American Mathematical Society)



Faculty Manager: Velaphi Makgwahla
T: + 27 51 401 3199
E: makgwahlamvt@ufs.ac.za

Marketing Manager: Elfrieda Lötter
T: +27 51 401 2531
E: lottere@ufs.ac.za

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