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Updated: May 1, 2021

​Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas - Albert Einstein

In a 2019 article published by U.S. News, the best STEM jobs were ranked and despite what you would consider to be the most popular STEM careers, becoming a Mathematician was ranked #9 of 30 careers, which was several points ahead of traditional Engineering careers.  A mathematician can be anyone from your middle school algebra teacher to a computer programmer. Some mathematicians primarily conduct research to explore and develop theories, while others are applied mathematicians who use theories and techniques to solve everyday problems. Theory is a huge part of a mathematician's job. Mathematicians use formulas and models to support or refute theories. Data is also an important aspect in the field, as mathematicians analyze and interpret data for practical purposes, such as business, engineering or science decisions and problems. Common positions mathematicians fill include financial analysts, systems analysts, professors and elementary, middle and high school teachers.