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Life As a Mathematician

Mathematician Example 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.

A Day in the Life of a Mathematician

  • Maintain knowledge in the field by reading professional journals, talking with other mathematicians, and attending professional conferences.
  • Design, analyze, and decipher encryption systems designed to transmit military, political, financial, or law-enforcement-related information in code.
  • Disseminate research by writing reports, publishing papers, or presenting at professional conferences.
  • Develop computational methods for solving problems that occur in areas of science and engineering or that come from applications in business or industry.
  • Apply mathematical theories and techniques to the solution of practical problems in business, engineering, the sciences, or other fields.
  • Develop mathematical or statistical models of phenomena to be used for analysis or for computational simulation.

Things a Mathematician Should Know How to Do

Below is a list of the skills most Mathematicians say are important on the job.

Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

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

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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.

Other Mathematician Job Titles

  • Numerical Analysis Group Manager
  • Consultant
  • Emerging Solutions Executive
  • Geometrician
  • Image Scientist

What Kind of Mathematician Job Opportunities Are There?

There were about 3,100 jobs for Mathematician in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 29% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 900 new jobs for Mathematician by 2026. The BLS estimates 300 yearly job openings in this field.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Mathematicians in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Mathematician are Idaho, New Jersey, and Virginia. Watch out if you plan on working in Maryland, Washington, or Pennsylvania. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Mathematician

The average yearly salary of a Mathematician ranges between $57,150 and $160,550.

Salary Ranges for Mathematicians

Mathematicians who work in District of Columbia, Virginia, or Washington, make the highest salaries.

How much do Mathematicians make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
California $100,000
Colorado $122,840
District of Columbia $133,870
Florida $87,820
Illinois $103,220
Maryland $115,940
Nevada $79,980
New Jersey $117,060
New Mexico $106,790
New York $84,670
Ohio $86,280
Pennsylvania $76,250
Rhode Island $90,640
Virginia $121,240
Washington $123,380

Tools & Technologies Used by Mathematicians

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

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • JavaScript
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Python
  • Microsoft Access
  • MySQL
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • Structured query language SQL
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • SAS
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • IBM SPSS Statistics
  • UNIX
  • PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor

Becoming a Mathematician

Learn what Mathematician education requirements there are.

Mathematician Degree Level

What work experience do I need to become a Mathematician?

Mathematician Work Experience

Where Mathematicians Are Employed

Mathematician Sectors

Mathematicians work in the following industries:

Mathematician Industries


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