Outdoorsy careers in maths you need to know about

Outdoorsy careers in maths

Being chained to a desk all day not for you? Not all maths and data jobs involve spending 9-to-5 stuck inside!

Want a career as far away from a desk or a screen as possible? Then you might think there’s no need for sticking with maths in the classroom. Not so fast! Maths is a crucial foundation for plenty of outdoorsy careers.

Dream of working in Mother Nature? A career path in environmental science or Earth sciences such as geology involves lots of remote fieldwork – and maths! Sports-mad? You could apply maths to become a sports statistician or data analyst to help elite athletes improve their performance and strategies.

People who work in construction and building design also use maths on the daily and site visits are a big part of the gig! Sure, most VET-qualification trades tend to be not so
office-bound, but they still rely on more maths than you might expect, like measurement and conversion. You don’t have to be a maths genius to figure out this subject adds up to more career options under the Sun!

Work-from-anywhere potential

In this digital age, STEM jobs don’t automatically mean an office commute. Not all opportunities to work outdoors mean being a marine scientist swimming with dolphins, or a tradie working in the sun. Traditional corporate jobs are increasingly going remote. Currently, two thirds of Aussie employees are setting up desks at home – or a sunny cafe courtyard! – changing how work-life balance looks in the 21st century. So don’t discount maths when planning your dream career, indoors or out.

RELATED: Looking for more outdoorsy careers? Check out ‘5 STEM careers that will get you into the great outdoors’

Start your career here

Maths & Data + Outdoors Study

  • Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) / Bachelor of Biodiversity and Conservation, Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Mathematics / Master of Teaching (Secondary), QUT
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours) / Bachelor of Science (Marine and Freshwater Science), Edith Cowan University

Maths & Data + Outdoors Jobs

  • Carpenter: $45K–$95K
  • Environmental scientist: $54K–$90K
  • Geoscientist: $88K–$147K
  • Marine engineer: $60K–$196K

Salaries according to payscale.com

This article originally appeared in Careers with STEM: Maths 2022.

Gemma Chilton

Author: Gemma Chilton

Gemma is the Managing Editor of Careers with STEM magazine. She has previously worked as Digital Managing Editor at Australian Geographic and a staff writer at Cosmos science magazine.


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