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Australia’s top 10 most in-demand jobs + the maths they use

Top 10 most in-demand jobs

Want to be in demand? Stick with maths!

In 2022 the Australian Government released its ‘skills priority list’, in which it highlights jobs that are ‘in demand’ – that is, the number of job vacancies is higher than the number of people available to take them.

They’re not all STEM gigs, but the one thing that many of them do have in common is numbers. The upshot? Maths and data skills add up if you want an in-demand job.

Top 10 most in-demand jobs

The jobThe mathsHow it’s used
1Registered nurseBasic maths (measurements, calculations)Calculating medication dosages
2Software and applications programmerAlgebra, logic, algorithms, data structuresDesigning and implementing software programs
3Aged or disabled carerBasic maths (measurements, calculations)Calculating medication dosages, measuring and recording vital signs
4Construction managerGeometry, algebra, statistics, project managementCalculating materials and resources needed for construction projects, analysing data to track progress and identifying issues
5Child carerBasic maths (measurements, calculations)Calculating and mixing formula for infants, measuring and administering medication
6Motor mechanicAlgebra, geometry, basic physicsCalculating the dimensions and tolerances of engine parts, analysing data from diagnostic tests
7Retail managerBasic maths (calculations, percentages), data analysisCalculating profit margins, analysing sales data to identify trends and make business decisions
8ChefBasic maths (measurements, calculations)Measuring and mixing ingredients, calculating food costs
9ICT business and systems analystAlgebra, logic, algorithms, data structures, data analysisAnalysing and interpreting data to inform business decisions, designing and implementing data systems
10Metal fitter and machinistGeometry, algebra, basic physicsCalculating the dimensions and tolerances of metal parts, analysing data from diagnostic tests

This article was originally published in Careers with STEM: Maths & Data

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