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Mathematicians

Mathematicians
Quick Facts : Mathematicians*
2010 Median Pay$99,380
Entry Level EducationMaster's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20123,100
Job Outlook16% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change500


Mathematicians use high-level mathematic and technology to develop new mathematical principles. They understand relationships between existing principles and solve real-world problems in fields such as business, government, engineering, and the sciences.

What Mathematicians Do

  • Expand mathematical knowledge by developing new principles
  • Recognize previously unknown relationships between known mathematical principles
  • Create models to resolve practical problems in fields such as business, government, engineering, and the sciences
  • Develop computational methods and computer codes
  • Compare inferences derived from models with observations or experiments

Work Environment

Mathematicians work in the federal government and in private science and engineering research. They work on teams with engineers, scientists, and other professionals.
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Job Outlook

Employment of mathematicians is expected to increase by 16 percent from 2010 to 2020 and competition for jobs is expected to increase because there are relatively few mathematician positions.
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Pay

The average salary of mathematicians was $99,380 in May 2010.
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Mathematicians*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Mathematicians

99380

Education Occupations

52556.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Mathematicians*
Percent Change in Employment

Mathematicians

16.129

Education Occupations

15.236553990840912

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Mathematicians

Students who are interested in mathematics should take as many math courses as possible in high school. A graduate degree in mathematics is the most common educational requirement for mathematicians. However, there are positions for those whose highest level of education is a bachelor's degree.
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