# Mathematician Job Description

A mathematician is a person with an expert knowledge of mathematics – the study of the sciences of numbers and other measurable quantities. A mathematician uses mathematics to develop and test theories, analyze data, and solve real-world problems in areas such as engineering, the sciences, business and economics.

A mathematician should be enthusiastic, perceptive, logical, and methodical, and have the ability to transform real-world problems into numerical forms and resolve them to obtain solutions. They should also be able to communicate effectively to teach and sell the value of mathematics.

## What does a Mathematician do?

Mathematicians may do some or all of the following:

- conduct research to develop and proof theories
- develop algorithms to solve mathematical problems
- identify real-world problems that can be solved by mathematics
- interpret and formulate problems in mathematical or computational terms
- apply mathematical theories and techniques to solve problems
- teach mathematics to others

## Working Conditions

Mathematicians usually work normal office hours, but may sometimes work evenings and weekends to finish up projects. They work in offices and classrooms.

## What is Required to Become a Mathematician?

To become a mathematician, you will need to have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in mathematics or a similar discipline.

## Modules

Just to give you an idea, some of the classes that you’ll be taking in college may include:

- Arithmetic
- Geometry
- Graph
- Probability and statistics
- Real life math
- Sequences and patterns
- Algebra
- Calculus
- Trigonometry
- Discrete mathematics
- Numerical analysis

## Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Mathematicians need to have:

- patience
- adaptability
- persistence
- precision
- self-confidence
- creativity and innovation
- good memory
- good attention to detail
- good interpersonal skills
- good judgment and decision making skills
- good listening and communication skills
- analytical and problem solving skills
- computer skills
- time-management and organizational skills
- the ability to work calmly under pressure
- the ability to concentrate for long periods of time
- the ability to apply mathematical principles and theories to solve problems
- knowledge of mathematics

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