# Mathematicians

Computational Mathematician, Cryptographer, Mathematician, Research Scientist

- Address the relationships of quantities, magnitudes, and forms through the use of numbers and symbols.
- Disseminate research by writing reports, publishing papers, or presenting at professional conferences.
- Maintain knowledge in the field by reading professional journals, talking with other mathematicians, and attending professional conferences.

## Knowledge

### Math and Science

- arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

### Arts and Humanities

- English language

### Engineering and Technology

- computers and electronics

### Education and Training

- teaching and course design

## Skills

### Basic Skills

- using math to solve problems
- thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem

### Problem Solving

- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

### People and Technology Systems

- thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
- figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

## Abilities

### Math

- choose the right type of math to solve a problem
- add, subtract, multiply, or divide

### Verbal

- listen and understand what people say
- read and understand what is written

### Ideas and Logic

- make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
- use rules to solve problems

### Visual Understanding

- quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things

## Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include **ideas, thinking,** and figuring things out.

They do well at jobs that need:

- Analytical Thinking
- Attention to Detail
- Persistence

- Achievement/Effort
- Innovation
- Initiative

## Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

### Analytical or scientific software

- IBM SPSS Statistics
- The MathWorks MATLAB

### Presentation software

- Microsoft PowerPoint

### Object or component oriented development software

- C#
- Perl

## Education

master's degree

usually needed

Get started on your career:

## Job Outlook

**less likely**in the future.

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