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    Questions Regarding Being a Mathematics Professor

    Hi,

    I'm interested in the career possibility of being a pure mathematics professor at university. Though I have a few general questions about the career;
    1. Once you obtain a degree in pure maths, what's next? Do you get a masters, PHD, further study?
    2. How does one become a Mathematics Professor? (The process/steps)
    3. Is it difficult to find a job as a lecturer/professor?

    4. What does a day as a math professor look like? (Is it mainly residing in your office tackling math problems, or is it mostly lecturing etc.?)
    5. Is there a specific number of math papers you need to do each year to maintain being a professor?

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    Re: Questions Regarding Being a Mathematics Professor

    1) higher qualifications yes so probably a qualification in education, phd etc

    2) lecturer -> senior lecturer -> more qualifications/experience -> a/prof -> prof

    3) yea probably since there are lots of bright people and it's competitive

    4) no idea probably marking, designing your courses/teaching materials. Email/call them to find out: https://www.maths.unsw.edu.au/contact/staff-directory

    5) no idea
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    Re: Questions Regarding Being a Mathematics Professor

    As a maths professor you are expected to dedicate most of your time to original research. In the pure maths space that could be anything from finding new properties of existing concepts, finding new ways to solve existing problems, to developing new ideas/concepts.

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