Mathematicians use high-level mathematics and technology to develop new mathematical principles, understand relationships between existing principles, and solve real-world problems.
Mathematicians work in the federal government and in private science and engineering research. They work on teams with engineers, scientists, and other professionals.
How to Become a Mathematician
A graduate degree in mathematics is the most common educational requirement for mathematicians. However, there are positions for those with only a bachelor’s degree.
The median annual wage of mathematicians was $99,380 in May 2010.
Employment of mathematicians is expected to increase by 16 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. There will be competition for jobs because of the small number of openings in this occupation.