05 November 2007

Top job opportunities for mathematicians and statisticians through Australian immigration

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British-trained mathematicians considering Australian immigration will find exciting opportunities as the country experiences a skills shortage in this area. This is despite Australia's "reputation for world-class and innovative mathematical research" according to professor Iain Johnstone of Stanford University.

Australia is not producing enough trained mathematical modellers needed to work in pharmaceutical companies and banks. There are also exciting opportunities with government agencies such as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and the Australian Antarctic Division.

Peter Taylor, executive director of the Australian Mathematics Trust says that the prospects for mathematicians are bright. Maths graduates are fully employed and enjoying salaries at the top of the pay scales.

According to the National Strategic Review of Mathematical Sciences Research in Australia, published last December, only 0.4 per cent of Australian university students graduate with qualifications in mathematics or statistics. This is significantly below the one per cent average for the whole Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Australia needs skilled mathematicians: Anyone applying for an Australia visa should begin by completing the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.

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