|Quick Facts: Mathematicians|
|2012 Median Pay||
$101,360 per year
$48.73 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Master’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||3,500|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||23% (Much faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||800|
Mathematicians use advanced mathematics to develop and understand mathematical principles, analyze data, and solve real-world problems.
Mathematicians work in the federal government and in private science and engineering research companies. They may work on teams with engineers, scientists, and other professionals.
Mathematicians typically need a master’s degree in mathematics. However, there are some positions available for those with a bachelor's degree.
The median annual wage for mathematicians was $101,360 in May 2012.
Employment of mathematicians is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Businesses will need mathematicians to analyze the increasing volume of digital and electronic data.
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