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The Bureau of Labor statistics predicts average employment growth for mathematicians through 2020. But the need for skilled cryptographic technicians should remain high as U.S. intelligence operations take place throughout the world and as the government works to address new terrorist threats. Among private businesses, the increasing transmission of sensitive information through phone lines and satellite systems via computers and related equipment has led to the increased need for security for those transmissions. Hackers, people who illegally break into private and public computer systems, have become increasingly adept at thwarting even the most sophisticated security programs, and companies will most likely take stronger measures—including hiring people skilled in cryptographic techniques—for preventing computer break-ins and interception of their information. At the same time, many software companies and government agencies are working on creating new, more secure security programs. For these reasons, cryptographic technicians should have a strong job outlook.