Workers in this group use arithmetic and apply advanced techniques to make calculations, analyze data, and solve problems.
Overall employment in math occupations is projected to grow 29 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations; this increase is expected to result in about 82,000 new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 30,600 openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.
The median annual wage for this group was $98,680 in May 2021, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760.
BLS employment projections, wage, and other data for related occupations not shown in the following table are available on the Data for Occupations Not Covered in Detail page. Information highlighting physical demands, cognitive and mental requirements, and other qualifications for workers in this group are available in a BLS Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) profile.
|OCCUPATION||JOB SUMMARY||ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION||2021 MEDIAN PAY|
Actuaries use mathematics, statistics, and financial theory to analyze the economic costs of risk and uncertainty.
Data scientists use analytical tools and techniques to extract meaningful insights from data.
|Mathematicians and Statisticians||
Mathematicians and statisticians analyze data and apply computational techniques to solve problems.
|Operations Research Analysts||
Operations research analysts use mathematics and logic to help solve complex issues.
The wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. Median wage data are from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics survey.
Typical level of education that most workers need to enter this occupation.
Last Modified Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022