Also known as Agent-Based Modeler, Computational Scientist, Cryptographer, Cryptographic Vulnerability Analyst, Image Scientist, Lead Simulation Modeling Engineer
Also known as Agent-Based Modeler, Computational Scientist, Cryptographer
Mathematicians conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields.
In addition, Mathematicians solve problems in various fields using mathematical methods.
Mathematicians are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Mathematicians. More generally, Mathematicians are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Mathematician is $110,860, and the average salary is $112,530. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Mathematician salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Mathematicians earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Mathematicians earn less than $61,130 per year, 25% earn less than $79,280, 75% earn less than $134,680, and 90% earn less than $170,150.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Mathematicians is expected to change by 3.7%, and there should be roughly 200 open positions for Mathematicians every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Mathematician are usually higher in their Investigative, Conventional, and Artistic interests.
Mathematicians typically have very strong Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Also, Mathematicians typically have moderate Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Lastly, Mathematicians typically have moderate Artistic interests. Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Mathematician tend to value Achievement, Recognition, and Independence.
Most importantly, Mathematicians very strongly value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Second, Mathematicians strongly value Recognition. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious.
Lastly, Mathematicians strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Mathematicians must consistently demonstrate qualities such as analytical thinking, attention to detail, and persistence.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Mathematicians, ranked by importance:
Many Mathematicians have earned a graduate degree. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a doctoral degree, such as a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D..
Mathematicians may need some on-the-job training, but most candidates will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Mathematicians may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as mathematics, computers and electronics, or education and training knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Mathematicians might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Mathematicians must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Mathematicians need abilities such as mathematical reasoning, number facility, and inductive reasoning in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Mathematicians, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Mathematicians frequently use skills like mathematics, critical thinking, and complex problem solving to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Mathematicians, ranked by their relative importance.
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