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 2,900 mathematicians are employed in nonacademic settings in the United States.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • Doctorate
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Realistic
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required

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