Maths

Maths

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.

Job roles that use Maths

  • Acoustic Engineer

    Acoustic Engineer

    Agricultural or Horticultural Scientist

    Agricultural or Horticultural Scientist

    Biotechnologist

    Biotechnologist

    Building Services Engineer

    Building Services Engineer
  • CAD Draftsperson

    CAD Draftsperson

    Civil Engineer

    Civil Engineer

    Climate Scientist + Meteorologist

    Climate Scientist + Meteorologist

    Computer Systems Engineer

    Computer Systems Engineer
  • Design/Product Development Engineer

    Design/Product Development Engineer

    Ecologist

    Ecologist

    Electrical Engineer

    Electrical Engineer

    Engineering Geologist

    Engineering Geologist
  • Engineering Technician

    Engineering Technician

    Environmental Engineer

    Environmental Engineer

    Environmental Scientist

    Environmental Scientist

    Environmental/Urban Planner

    Environmental/Urban Planner
  • Food Safety (QA) Officer

    Food Safety (QA) Officer

    Food Scientist

    Food Scientist

    Food Technologist

    Food Technologist

    Forensic Scientist

    Forensic Scientist
  • Forester

    Forester

    Game Developer

    Game Developer

    Geologist

    Geologist

    Geospatial (GIS) Analyst

    Geospatial (GIS) Analyst
  • Geotechnical Engineer

    Geotechnical Engineer

    Mathematical Modeller or Mathematician

    Mathematical Modeller or Mathematician

    Mechanical Engineer

    Mechanical Engineer

    Operation or Production Engineer

    Operation or Production Engineer
  • Physicist or Medical Physicist

    Physicist or Medical Physicist

    Power Systems Engineer

    Power Systems Engineer

    Product Evaluator

    Product Evaluator

    Project/Contract Manager

    Project/Contract Manager
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Quantity Surveyor

    Robotics or Automation Engineer

    Robotics or Automation Engineer

    Site/Project Engineer

    Site/Project Engineer

    Software Developer/Engineer

    Software Developer/Engineer
  • Soil Scientist

    Soil Scientist

    Statistician

    Statistician

    Structural Engineer

    Structural Engineer

    Surveyor/Survey Technician

    Surveyor/Survey Technician

People who studied Maths

  • Malea Zygadlo

    Environmental Scientist, Malea Zygadlo at work

    Andrew Liese

    Intelligent Transport Systems Engineer, Andrew Liese at work

    Aaron Taitoko

    Automation Engineer, Aaron Taitoko at work

    Michelle Dickinson

    Nanotechnologist, Michelle Dickinson at work
  • Laura Pedofsky

    Product Design Engineer, Laura Pedofsky at work

    Tony Li

    Forestry Consultant, Tony Li at work

    Cameron Bradley

    Transportation Planner, Cameron Bradley at work

    Maes Shukur

    Civil Engineer, Maes Shukur at work
  • Paul Jensen

    Director, Paul Jensen at work

    Sam Green

    Civil Design Engineer, Sam Green at work

    Linda Chin

    Developer, Linda Chin at work

    Hazel Swanson

    Graduate Forester, Hazel Swanson at work
  • Jules Watson

    Engineering Geologist, Jules Watson at work

    Nicole McAulay

    Resource Technician with the Water Quality and Ecology team., Nicole McAulay at work

    Leander Archer

    Junior Horticultural Consultant , Leander Archer at work

    Brylee Thomson

    Civil Engineering Cadet , Brylee Thomson at work
  • Nita Mitchell-Goes

    Civil Engineering Cadet , Nita Mitchell-Goes at work

    Warrick Lyon

    Fisheries technician, Warrick Lyon at work

    Nina Ives

    Business Performance Consultant, Nina Ives at work

    Jessica Brown

    Planning & Valuation Analyst , Jessica Brown at work
  • Brittany Morgan

    Application Support Consultant, Brittany Morgan at work

    Miranda Emery

    Software engineer, Miranda Emery at work

    Tarah Carpenter

    Software Developer, Tarah Carpenter at work

    Alex Kesala

    Technology Graduate, Alex Kesala at work
  • Sophie Brathwaite

    Graduate Civil Engineer, Sophie Brathwaite at work

    Tim Rogers

    Structural Engineer, Tim Rogers at work

    Maddi Forde

    Graduate Civil Engineer, Maddi Forde at work

    Ben Warren

    Research Technologist, Ben Warren at work
  • Emma Foulkes

    Site Engineer, Emma Foulkes at work

    Jenny McLean

    Graduate Engineer, Jenny McLean at work

    Danielle Hobby

    Kaitiaki / manager - Maori engagement & strategy, Danielle Hobby at work

    Wendy Robinson

    , Wendy Robinson at work
  • Matt Smith

    Structural Engineer, Matt Smith at work

    Bridget Beh

    Software Engineer, Bridget Beh at work

    Matthew Gatland

    Game Developer, Matthew Gatland at work

    Poini Palu

     Geotechnical Engineer, Poini Palu at work
  • Andrea Bubendorfer

    Senior Research Scientist, Andrea Bubendorfer at work

    Seth Reid

    Graduate Developer, Seth Reid at work

    Neethi Bathula

    Product Development Engineer – Electronics Hardware, Neethi Bathula at work

    Roy Yang

    Software Engineer, Roy Yang at work

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