Everybody uses Maths, whether they realise it or not. Studying Maths at school develops logical thinking and problem-solving skills that will be useful in a wide range of careers:
- Surveyors use trigonometry to measure distances.
- Software developers and other IT professionals use logic, equations and matrices to build software and create networks.
- Engineers use calculus to build machines, roads, bridges, buildings, computers and manufacturing processes.
- Meteorologists use maths to develop weather forecasts.
- Ecologists use statistics to track animal populations.
If you enjoy or are good at Maths, why not explore some of the jobs featured on this page? You can also read the stories of people who studied Maths when they were at school.
Why should I take Maths at school?
Studying Maths (especially Calculus, Algebra and Geometry) in your final year at secondary school will keep your tertiary options open:
- You'll need 12 Level 2 Maths credits to get into the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE).
- Generally you'll need 14 Level 3 credits in Calculus for the Bachelor of Engineering Technology
- The entry requirement for the Bachelor of Engineering degree typically includes16 Level 3 credits in Calculus.
- 16 Level 3 credits in Calculus are part of the entry requirements for a Bachelor of Food Technology degree.
- You will need at least 14 Level 3 credits in Calculus or Algebra as preparation for most first-year Maths papers at university - and you'll need to do some Maths as part of a Computer Science degree.
- Diplomas and degrees in Information Technology generally require some Maths credits.