Health and maths

Doctor, doctor

We talk maths in any language.

When I started school in London, I wasn’t fluent in English,” says Jacqui Ramagge , Head of the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney. Doing well at maths, however, gave her confidence a boost and sparked a life-long obsession with the subject.

Jacqui says that with some effort, anyone can be great at maths and go on to make life better for others through working in teaching, finance or even medicine.

“Health is the hottest area today for jobs in maths,” says Jacqui. “It draws on enormous numbers of maths scientists – like statisticians to analyse gene structure and mathematicians to model cancer growth.”

The University of Sydney is home to the ‘Network of Minds,’ a group of mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists and neuroscientists who work together using simulations of brain networks to try to pinpoint causes of mental illness.

Across the health sector, areas like public health, the pharmaceutical industry and epidemiology all employ mathematicians to help analyse the data they collect. “Whether you want to predict the stock market or improve a person’s health, skills in maths can help you have an exciting and challenging career,” says Jacqui.

– Cherese Sonkkila

To get there: Bachelor of Science (Financial Mathematics and Statistics/Mathematics/Statistics), The University of Sydney
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“Health is the hottest area today for jobs in maths.”

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Cherese Sonkkila

Author: Cherese Sonkkila

Cherese is a researcher and science communicator based in Melbourne, Australia. She is passionate about ecology and social science and loves getting out into the field.

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