Conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields. Solve problems in various fields using mathematical methods.

Mathematicians use advanced mathematics and technologies to develop mathematical principles and solve a variety of problems. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they mainly work in the federal government, higher education, private science, and engineering research. They report a range of job titles, such as computational scientist, data analyst, cryptographer, and research scientist.

Employment of mathematicians is expected to continue rising through 2020. In 2012, mathematicians earned national median wages of $48.73 per hour, or $101,400 per year. In 2010, 3,100 mathematicians were employed in the U.S., a figure set to rise to 3,600 by 2020, in a 16% increase creating 230 new jobs. A glance at the many jobs currently available at both the national and local levels reveals a career path rich with opportunity.

If you are interested in a career in mathematics, NC State, with one of the oldest and most respected statistics programs in the nation, can help. Most mathematics jobs require a master’s degree, and some require a PhD. At NC State, you can earn your MS in Statistics online, augmenting it with a new online Certificate in Statistics Education or Computing, and then pursue your PhD on campus, where we also offer a bachelor’s degree.

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#Education Level%
0Bachelor's Degree21
1Master's Degree38
2First Professional Degree8
3Doctoral Degree33

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