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MATHS ADD WEBSITE HIGHLIGHTS THE GROWTH OF STEM SECTOR

09-08-2016
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Although there has been some doubt cast upon the value of a university degree, the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute’s (AMSI) new careers website has shown that there is growing demand for mathematical and statistical skills.

With over 100 examples of recent jobs ads in mathematics and statistics, the website that acts as an expansion of the print version highlights how the field can lead to future success.

The portal aims to assist students to make decisions about their subject choices in year 11 and 12, along with higher education studies, and is a part of the institute’s aim to empower mathematics in Australia.

AMSI Director Professor Geoff Prince has commented on the number of sectors in need of STEM skills in growing.

“This site confirms mathematics and statistics skills have enormous currency in today’s job market. Demand is only increasing with already over 75 per cent of high-growth areas demanding skills such as mathematics and statistics,” he said.

Although the STEM sector being worth $145 billion annually to the Australian economy, the number of Aussie students in the field is on the decline.

Students, teachers and parents are invited to search the Maths Adds site for a small taste of what is possible with mathematics and statistics.

“Year 12 enrolments in high-level maths have almost halved since 2005. This is fuelled by a combination of factors including the need for industry to better communicate how they employ skills such as mathematics,” says AMSI Director, Professor Geoff Prince.

Professor Prince, says that mathematical careers are in fact creative.

“When people think of mathematics they often call up the ‘A Beautiful Mind’ stereotype of greying men with white boards and formulas. Maths is used across every sector and discipline from the arts to IT and engineering to climate and environment and even medicine, the possibilities are endless.”

Both students and teachers are encouraged the Maths Add website.

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