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**Description**

Develops and applies mathematical principles and techniques to solve problems in all areas of the sciences, engineering, technology, social sciences, business, industry and commerce.

**Skill Level 1**

**Specialisations**

Operations Research Analyst

**Skills Assessment Authority** VETASSESS - Caveats Group A & VETASSESS-FAQ | Your Career | My Future

**Caveats** No caveats

**Endorsed Correlations to ASCO Occupations**

2293-11 Mathematician

**Group: 2241 Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians**

**Specialisation** Operations Research Analyst

**Closely related occupations in ANZSCO Unit Group 2241:** Actuary

Statistician

**Requirements for Skills Assessment**

This occupation requires a qualification which is assessed as comparable to the

educational level of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree or

higher degree*, in a field highly relevant to the nominated occupation.

In addition to this, applicants must have at least one year of post-qualification

employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years which is highly

relevant to the nominated occupation. If the qualification(s) are not at the required

educational level, or if the employment has been completed prior to the qualification,

then the employment will be assessed below the required skill level.

A positive assessment of both qualifications and employment is required for a positive

Skills Assessment Outcome.

(*This includes qualifications assessed at AQF Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level.)

**Qualification****Educational level:**

AQF Bachelor Degree or higher degree*

Highly relevant major fields of study include:

Mathematics (Pure and/or Applied)

Financial Mathematics

Operations Research

Mathematical Statistics

Mathematics is the study of deductive systems, including algebra, number theory,

geometry, analysis, differential equations, discrete mathematics, and its application in

the sciences and social sciences.

Qualifications in certain fields (listed below) may be accepted on a case by case basis if

the program consists of sufficient subjects in Mathematics, Algebra, Calculus, Predictive

Modelling, Numerical Analysis, Optimization, Linear Algebra, Machine Learning,

Discrete Mathematics, Mathematical Modelling, Geometry, Combinatorics, Topology,

Logic, Number Theory, Dynamic Systems, Differential Equations, and Financial

Mathematics.

**This includes:**

Actuarial Science

Quantitative Finance

Statistics

Computer Science

Data Science

Electronic / Computer Engineering

Physics

Machine Learning

Final year subjects and research projects undertaken are analysed and weighted higher in

our analysis of the required major field of study.

**Employment****Highly relevant tasks include:**

formulating mathematical models to simulate processes

applying models to experimental observations, and adjusting and recasting the

models

using numerical analysis methods to develop algorithms and perform

computations

**Additional tasks may include:**

developing mathematical theory underlying processes in the physical, biological

and social sciences

may develop theoretical mathematical constructs and hypotheses

applying mathematical principles and techniques to solve problems in research,

development, production, distribution and other functional areas

liaising with management and clients to determine the subject area to be

examined

*An applicant should be undertaking the majority of these tasks as their core duties in

an employment role. Although it is not mandatory that they perform all tasks listed, an

applicant is required to demonstrate that their daily tasks and skillset matches the

nominated occupation.

**Employment context**

In Australia, there are currently no legal requirements for licensing or registration for

the occupation Mathematician.

Mathematicians typically do the following:

Expand knowledge in mathematical areas, such as algebra or geometry, by

developing new rules, theories, and concepts

Use mathematical formulas and models to prove or disprove hypotheses and

conjectures

Apply mathematical theories and techniques to solve practical problems in

business, engineering, the sciences, or other fields

**Skill Level**

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

**Registration or licensing may be required.**

**Applied Mathematicians** use theories and techniques, such as mathematical modelling, to

solve practical problems. These mathematicians typically work with individuals in other

occupations to solve these problems. For example, they may work with Chemists and

Materials Scientists and Chemical Engineers to analyse the effectiveness of new drugs. Other

Applied Mathematicians may work with Industrial Designers to study the aerodynamic

characteristics of new automobiles.

**Theoretical Mathematicians** do research to identify unexplained issues in mathematics and

resolve them. They are primarily concerned with exploring new areas and relationships of

mathematical theories to increase knowledge and understanding about the field. Although

some may not consider the practical use of their findings, the knowledge they develop can be

an important part of many scientific and engineering achievements.

Despite the differences, these areas of mathematics frequently overlap. Many

Mathematicians will use both applied and theoretical knowledge in their job duties.

**Operations Research Analyst (ANZSCO specialisation)**

An Operations Research Analyst applies scientific method to problems concerning the

management of systems of people, machines, materials and money in industry, business

government and defence.

**Highly relevant tasks include, but may not be limited to:**

Identifying and solving real-world problems in areas such as business, logistics,

healthcare, or other fields

Collecting and organising information from a variety of sources, such as computer

databases, sales histories, and customer feedback

Examining information to figure out what is relevant to a problem and what methods

might be used to analyse it

Using optimisation, data mining, statistical analysis, simulations, predictive modelling,

or other methods to analyse information and develop practical solutions to business

problems

Advising managers and other decision makers on the impacts of various courses of

action to take in order to address a problem

**Computational Scientist (specialisation)**

A Computational Scientist seeks to gain understanding of scientific and engineering problems

principally through the implementation, use and analysis of mathematical models on high

performance computers.

**Highly relevant tasks include, but may not be limited to:**

Undertaking numerical simulation of complex systems and natural phenomena that

would be too expensive or dangerous to study by direct experimentation.

Working with specialist Scientists and Engineers to deliver computer-based

mathematical models in areas such as climate modelling, oceanography, mining,

nuclear engineering and medical imaging

**Mathematical Modeller / Quantitative Analyst (specialisation)**

Mathematical Modellers are Applied Mathematicians who construct mathematical

representations of real-world situations or hypothetical scenarios in order to predict

outcomes and consequences or to create visualisations. Applications can range from

manufacturing, environmental modelling through to computer/video games and computergenerated imagery (CGI).

**Highly relevant tasks include, but may not be limited to:**

Quantifying real world problems and scenarios using appropriate mathematical tools

and in consultation with domain specialists

Working with software engineers and computational scientists to implement

mathematical models as computer algorithms with suitable user interfaces and

visualisation tools

In scientific and commercial environments, advising researchers, managers and other

decision makers of likely outcomes and impacts of various hypothetical scenarios

**Cryptographer (specialisation)**

Cryptographers/cryptanalysts use the mathematical theories of cryptology and computer

coding to create and decipher digital codes. They are employed by companies, institutions,

government agencies, police and the armed forces to maintain security and privacy of

sensitive commercial and government transactions and communications.

**Highly relevant tasks include, but may not be limited to:**

creating, setting up, and evaluating algorithms designed to solve number theory

problems

In government and military sectors, protecting sensitive communication and data

systems from foreign governments and hackers. Also providing decryption expertise

for intelligence and counter-intelligence services

In the financial sector, ensuring that credit card, inter-bank, automatic teller machine,

and other online transactions are secure

In the communications sector, developing technology to protect mobile phone and

internet networks

**Employment not considered**

Employment focused on data analysis, prediction / interpretation, survey design and statistical

modelling is more relevant to the occupation of Statistician.

Employment in the financial and commercial sector focused on business and data analysis

and budgetary forecasting may be more suited to the occupation of Information and

Organisational Professionals NEC (ANZSCO 224999). An individual needs to show that the

major responsibility of the role is to develop and apply mathematical principles and

techniques to meet the occupation of Mathematician.

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