Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Mathematics

Mathematics field of degree. Employment: 892,200. Median annual wage: $70,000.

Mathematics field of degree. Employment: 892,200. Median annual wage: $70,000

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Table 1. Mathematics degree, 2018

Data

Mathematics

All fields

Employment

892,200 55,381,020

Median wage

$70,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

14 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

70 59

Percent with an advanced degree

49 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 1. Types of mathematics majors, 2018

Mathematics majors

Major share

Mathematics

86%

Statistics and decision science

9

Applied mathematics

5

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a mathematics degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Computer and mathematical occupations

21%

Educational instruction and library occupations

21

Management occupations

15

Business and financial operations occupations

10

Sales and related occupations

6

Other

27

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Table 2.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a mathematics degree

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Statisticians

35% Master's degree 3% 47%

Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers

22 Bachelor's degree 7 33

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

21 Doctoral or professional degree 8 74

Management analysts

11 Bachelor's degree 2 36

Computer systems analysts

7 Bachelor's degree 2 26

Elementary school teachers, except special education

4 Bachelor's degree 6 50

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

4 Bachelor's degree 4 53

Accountants and auditors

4 Bachelor's degree 2 26

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

-2 Bachelor's degree 5 21

Computer programmers

-9 Bachelor's degree 2 22

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Mathematics,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/mathematics/mathematics-field-of-degree.htm (visited July 27, 2021).

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