On the Job
Mathematicians conduct research in mathematics or in mathematical applications, such as science, management, or other fields.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Analyze data to identify trends or relationships among variables.
- Analyze security of systems, network, or data.
- Apply mathematical principles or statistical approaches to solve problems in scientific or applied fields.
- Determine appropriate methods for data analysis.
- Design computer modeling or simulation programs.
- Develop scientific or mathematical models.
- Update knowledge about emerging industry or technology trends.
- Prepare analytical reports.
- Present research results to others.
- Develop computer or information security policies or procedures.
Typical Working Conditions
- Using e-mail.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- High levels of competition.
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