Mathematicians

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What do they do?

Conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields. Solve problems in various fields using mathematical methods.

Also known as:

Computational Mathematician, Computational Scientist, Cryptographer, Cryptographic Vulnerability Analyst, Image Scientist, Knowledge Engineer, Mathematician, Research Computing Specialist, Research Scientist, Researcher

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Mathematicians in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Mathematicians is projected to grow 25 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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    Ranks #9 in job growth rate
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    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #2 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (12.7%)
  • Master's degree (34.8%)
  • Bachelor's degree (37%)
  • Associate's degree (3.4%)
  • Some college, no degree (7.8%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (3.8%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.6%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Analyze data to identify trends or relationships among variables.
  • Present research results to others.
  • Prepare analytical reports.
  • Update knowledge about emerging industry or technology trends.
  • Apply mathematical principles or statistical approaches to solve problems in scientific or applied fields.
  • Design computer modeling or simulation programs.
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