Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Mathematics

Mathematics field of degree. Employment: 887,590. Median annual wage: $75,000.

Mathematics field of degree. Employment: 887,590. Median annual wage: $75,000

Table 1. Mathematics degree, 2019.

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Table 1. Mathematics degree, 2019
Data Mathematics All fields

Employment

887,590 56,820,460

Median wage

75,000 60,000

Percent employed part time

14 15

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

73 61

Percent with an advanced degree

51 37

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

Chart 1. Types of mathematics majors, 2019.

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Chart 1. Types of mathematics majors, 2019
Mathematics majors Major share

Mathematics

85%

Statistics And Decision Science

9

Applied Mathematics

6

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

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

Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a mathematics degree, by occupational group, 2019.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a mathematics degree, by occupational group, 2019
Occupational group Occupational group share

Computer and mathematical occupations

23%

Educational instruction and library occupations

20

Management occupations

15

Business and financial operations occupations

10

Sales and related occupations

6

Other

26

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

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

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

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a mathematics degree
Occupational Outlook Handbook profile Percent growth, projected 2020–30 Typical entry-level education Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2019 Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2019

Data scientists and mathematical science occupations, all other

31% Bachelor's degree 4% 44%

Postsecondary teachers

24 See How to Become One 8 73

Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers

22 Bachelor's degree 9 34

Management analysts

14 Bachelor's degree 2 32

Computer and information systems managers

11 Bachelor's degree 2 28

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

8 Bachelor's degree 6 54

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

7 Bachelor's degree 4 20

Elementary school teachers, except special education

7 Bachelor's degree 3 48

Computer systems analysts

7 Bachelor's degree 3 24

Chief executives

-6 Bachelor's degree 2 30

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 January 14, 2022).

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