Mathematicians

A mathematician solves or directs the solution of problems in higher mathematics, including algebra, geometry, number theory, logic, and topology. Theoretical mathematicians work with the relationships among mathematical forms and the underlying principles that can be applied to problems, including electronic data processing and military planning. Applied mathematicians develop the techniques and approaches to problem solving in the physical, biological, and social sciences. Approximately 3,030 mathematicians are employed in nonacademic settings in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Solve or direct the solution of problems in higher mathematics, including algebra, geometry, number theory, logic, and topology
Alternate Title(s) Applied Mathematicians, Theoretical Mathematicians
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Doctorate
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Varies by position
Skills
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Realistic
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Manager or Professor
  • Mathematician
  • Entry-Level Mathematician

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