# What Does it Take to Be a Mathematical Science Professor?

**Occupation Description** Teach courses pertaining to mathematical concepts, statistics, and actuarial science and to the application of original and standardized mathematical techniques in solving specific problems and situations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

## Daily Life Of a Mathematical Science Professor

- Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction.
- Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks.
- Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
- Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in books, professional journals, or electronic media.
- Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
- Evaluate and grade students’ class work, assignments, and papers.

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## Things a Mathematical Science Professor Should Know How to Do

Below is a list of the skills most Mathematical Science Professors say are important on the job.

**Mathematics**: Using mathematics to solve problems.

**Speaking**: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

**Reading Comprehension**: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

**Active Listening**: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

**Instructing**: Teaching others how to do something.

**Writing**: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

## Types of Mathematical Science Professor

- Topology Teacher
- Developmental Mathematics Instructor
- Trigonometry Teacher
- Geometry Teacher
- Biostatistics Professor

## Job Outlook for Mathematical Science Professors

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 60,900 jobs in the United States for Mathematical Science Professor. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 5,700 new jobs for Mathematical Science Professor by 2026. The BLS estimates 5,300 yearly job openings in this field.

The states with the most job growth for Mathematical Science Professor are **Utah, Colorado, and Nevada**. Watch out if you plan on working in **Vermont, Wyoming, or Montana**. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

## How Much Does a Mathematical Science Professor Make?

The typical yearly salary for Mathematical Science Professors is somewhere between $39,970 and $158,360.

Mathematical Science Professors who work in **California, Rhode Island, or Alaska**, make the highest salaries.

### Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Mathematical Science Professors in different U.S. states.

State | Annual Mean Salary |
---|---|

Alabama | $66,350 |

Alaska | $95,070 |

Arizona | $85,340 |

Arkansas | $56,280 |

California | $127,480 |

Colorado | $69,150 |

Connecticut | $80,500 |

Delaware | $79,080 |

District of Columbia | $113,120 |

Florida | $73,990 |

Georgia | $76,640 |

Hawaii | $69,800 |

Illinois | $66,600 |

Iowa | $97,450 |

Kansas | $71,360 |

Kentucky | $65,160 |

Louisiana | $76,900 |

Maine | $66,770 |

Maryland | $87,300 |

Massachusetts | $92,200 |

Michigan | $85,970 |

Minnesota | $80,870 |

Mississippi | $62,730 |

Missouri | $95,240 |

Montana | $58,600 |

Nebraska | $79,380 |

Nevada | $68,880 |

New Hampshire | $103,750 |

New Jersey | $96,400 |

New Mexico | $57,480 |

New York | $105,070 |

North Carolina | $74,330 |

North Dakota | $72,570 |

Ohio | $93,130 |

Oklahoma | $59,940 |

Oregon | $92,210 |

Pennsylvania | $88,390 |

Rhode Island | $115,890 |

South Carolina | $88,720 |

South Dakota | $65,870 |

Tennessee | $56,790 |

Texas | $83,460 |

Utah | $84,680 |

Virginia | $68,640 |

Washington | $75,020 |

West Virginia | $53,410 |

Wisconsin | $85,150 |

Wyoming | $61,430 |

## Tools & Technologies Used by Mathematical Science Professors

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Mathematical Science Professors:

- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Office
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Microsoft Outlook
- Web browser software
- Microsoft Access
- Data entry software
- Email software
- Structured query language SQL
- SAS
- Microsoft Visual Basic
- Google Docs
- Blackboard
- Calendar and scheduling software
- Blackboard Learn
- Learning management system LMS
- Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications VBA
- Course management system software
- Desire2Learn

## How to Become a Mathematical Science Professor

Are there Mathematical Science Professors education requirements?

## What work experience do I need to become a Mathematical Science Professor?

## Where Mathematical Science Professors Are Employed

The table below shows the approximate number of Mathematical Science Professors employed by various industries.

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