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Mathematicians primary area of study is the field of mathematics. Mathematicians are concerned with numbers, logic, space and transformations. A mathematician is required to have highly developed numerical skills, logical thinking and the ability to analyse difficult problems. Mathematicians work in either theoretical (pure) mathematics, applied mathematics or both.
Work in the engineering and science industries frequently have a high mathematics content, however the skills a mathematician have are highly sought after in many different areas of employment. The career sectors mathematicians can be employed in include advertising and marketing, business, engineering, architecture, design, education, finance and banking, insurance and risk, IT and computers, medicine and health, and the natural and life sciences. Public sector employers include research institutions, universities and government departments.
The work a mathematician carries out is usually in an office environment.
Salaries start at around £25,000 a year to over £100,000 in industry.
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