Mathematicians have a wide range of possibilities for future careers, whether in education, government, business, or industry. The skills of those who can easily compute numbers, spot trends and patterns, and educate others are highly sought after in many fields.
Those with a head for numbers can find a career using their mathematical skills. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects employment of math occupations to grow by 28 percent from 2014 to 2024. The expansion in jobs is anticipated as businesses and government agencies continue to emphasize the use of big data, which math professionals can analyze.
The median annual wage of math occupations in May 2016 was $81,750, with mathematicians earning the most at $105,810, followed by actuaries at $100,610, statisticians at $85,000, and operations research analysts at $79,200. All require a bachelor’s degree or higher for entry-level employment.
Math majors may also choose a career in education, teaching in elementary and middle school, high school, or postsecondary institutions. BLS reports indicate the salaries offered through those positions range from $50,000 to $75,000, based on 2016 numbers. A bachelor’s degree is required to teach at the lower levels, while most universities and colleges require at least a master’s degree.
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