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Prime options: High-paying math careers with projected fast growth

February 2022

Math occupations offer a formula for success. In fact, some workers count on math for high-paying, fast-growing careers.

The chart highlights U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data for selected occupations in which mathematics is prime. Each occupation shown in the chart had a median annual wage greater than $41,950—the median wage for all workers in 2020. And each occupation is projected to have employment growth that’s much faster than the 8-percent average rate for all occupations over the 2020–30 decade.

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Median annual wage, 2020, and projected growth rate, 2020–30, in selected occupations that use math
Occupation Median annual wage, 2020 Growth rate, projected 2020–30 (percent) Annual openings, projected 2020–30 Education typically required On-the-job training typically required


$111,030 25 2,400 Bachelor's degree Long term

Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers

110,140 22 189,200 Bachelor's degree None

Data scientists and all other mathematical science occupations

98,230 31 7,100 Bachelor's degree None


92,270 35 5,000 Master's degree None

Operations research analysts

86,200 25 10,200 Bachelor's degree None


76,270 30 24,500 Bachelor's degree None

Market research analysts [1]

65,810 22 96,000 Bachelor's degree None

Computer numerically controlled tool programmers

57,740 27 4,100 Postsecondary nondegree award Moderate term

Industrial machinery mechanics

55,490 21 45,100 High school diploma Long term

Solar photovoltaic installers

46,470 52 2,300 High school diploma Moderate term

[1] Data also include marketing specialists.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections.

Many math-focused occupations, including actuaries and logisticians, typically require a bachelor’s degree for an entry level position. But there are opportunities for people without a degree, too. For example, computer numerically controlled (CNC) tool programmers and industrial machinery mechanics use math to compute proper settings for equipment, and solar photovoltaic (PV) installers must calculate measurements such as area and angles.

The occupations in the chart aren’t the only ones in which math has value. Mathematical knowledge is important in business and financial, construction, science and many other occupations. Learn about what workers do, the education required to enter, and wages and outlook for these and more occupations in the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). You can also visit the OOH field of degree pages for data from BLS and the U.S. Census Bureau on a variety of academic majors, including mathematics.

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