Fast study paths; TAFE and trade school careers

There are plenty of paths to maths careers that bypass university.

If you’re not sure you’re up for a maths-focused uni degree, don’t worry. There are other ways to get into great TAFE and trade school careers that are in high demand. After all, maths isn’t just about geniuses — it’s also about people applying reasoning and skills to real-life situations. Here are some maths careers to consider.


Accounting & Finance

Think you need all the maths to work in this field? That’s not the case. You can get qualified in this area to degree level (TAFE NSW’s Bachelor of Applied Commerce majoring in financial planning) without needing to test in the top tier at high school and still pursue maths careers.


Lab rat

Like the idea of working in forensics? You can do a Certificate in Pathology (Collection or Assistance) or a Diploma of Laboratory Technology at TAFE NSW. (This could also help you get into uni if you decide that’s your goal.)


Grand designs

Although most architecture degrees have dizzyingly high entrance marks, it’s not the only way to create buildings for a living. The Diploma of Building Design has no entrance requirements and can lead either straight into a career or into potentially pursuing an architecture degree afterwards.


TAFE your pick


The mainland states all have TAFEs, as does Tasmania (TasTAFE). In the Northern Territory, Charles Darwin University, which has lots of campuses, provides TAFE courses. In the ACT, the Canberra Institute of Technology is the main provider of TAFE courses.



Tech, tools and tricks

Big data, analytics and the internet of things (IoT) are fast-growing areas in which the ability to pick up skills quickly can be a benefit. Try Chisholm Institute TAFE’s short courses in IoT or learn information technology, data science or business online.

– Tiffany Hutton

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