# What Does it Take to Be a Mathematical Science Professor?

**Position Description** Teach courses pertaining to mathematical concepts, statistics, and actuarial science and to the application of original and standardized mathematical techniques in solving specific problems and situations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

## Daily Life Of a Mathematical Science Professor

- Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
- Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks.
- Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
- Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
- Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.
- Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.

## What Skills Do You Need to Work as a Mathematical Science Professor?

These are the skills Mathematical Science Professors say are the most useful in their careers:

**Mathematics:** Using mathematics to solve problems.

**Speaking:** Talking to others to convey information effectively.

**Reading Comprehension:** Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

**Active Listening:** Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

**Instructing:** Teaching others how to do something.

## Related Job Titles for this Occupation:

- Mathematics Academic Chair
- College or University Faculty Member
- Department of Mathematics Chair
- Sampling Theory Teacher
- Physics Instructor

## What Kind of Mathematical Science Professor Job Opportunities Are There?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 60,900 jobs in the United States for Mathematical Science Professors.

New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.2% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 5,600 new jobs for Mathematical Science Professors by 2026. The BLS estimates 5,300 yearly job openings in this field per year.

The states with the most job growth for Mathematical Science Professors are **New York**, **Texas**, and **Florida**.

Watch out if you plan on working in **Vermont**, **Wyoming**, or **Montana**. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

## Average Mathematical Science Professor Salary

The average yearly salary of a Mathematical Science Professor ranges between $39,970 and $158,360. The median salary is $73,230.

### How much do Mathematical Science Professors make in different U.S. states?

State | Annual Mean Salary |
---|---|

California |
$127,480 |

Rhode Island |
$115,890 |

District of Columbia |
$113,120 |

New York |
$105,070 |

New Hampshire |
$103,750 |

Iowa |
$97,450 |

New Jersey |
$96,400 |

Missouri |
$95,240 |

Alaska |
$95,070 |

Ohio |
$93,130 |

Oregon |
$92,210 |

Massachusetts |
$92,200 |

South Carolina |
$88,720 |

Pennsylvania |
$88,390 |

Maryland |
$87,300 |

Michigan |
$85,970 |

Arizona |
$85,340 |

Wisconsin |
$85,150 |

Utah |
$84,680 |

Texas |
$83,460 |

Minnesota |
$80,870 |

Connecticut |
$80,500 |

Nebraska |
$79,380 |

Delaware |
$79,080 |

Louisiana |
$76,900 |

Georgia |
$76,640 |

Washington |
$75,020 |

North Carolina |
$74,330 |

Florida |
$73,990 |

North Dakota |
$72,570 |

Kansas |
$71,360 |

Hawaii |
$69,800 |

Colorado |
$69,150 |

Nevada |
$68,880 |

Virginia |
$68,640 |

Maine |
$66,770 |

Illinois |
$66,600 |

Alabama |
$66,350 |

South Dakota |
$65,870 |

Kentucky |
$65,160 |

Mississippi |
$62,730 |

Wyoming |
$61,430 |

Oklahoma |
$59,940 |

Montana |
$58,600 |

New Mexico |
$57,480 |

Tennessee |
$56,790 |

Arkansas |
$56,280 |

West Virginia |
$53,410 |

## What Tools do Mathematical Science Professors Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Mathematical Science Professors:

- Google Docs
- Data entry software
- SAS
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Outlook
- Microsoft Access
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Microsoft Visual Basic
- Microsoft Office
- Structured query language SQL

## How to Become a Mathematical Science Professor

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## Where Mathematical Science Professors Are Employed

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## References

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