# Mathematician

## Who Is A Mathematician?

Mathematicians are people who use the knowledge of mathematics extensively in their work. It involves studying numbers, data sets, quantitative models, etc.

As a mathematician, you will be expected to deeply research mathematical models and postulates. You will also develop applications of mathematical systems and integrate them into various subjects, like science, economics, commerce, etc. This will further help data analyses and a universal application of mathematical theorems.

There are theoretical (understanding theories and research) as well as applied mathematicians (practical applications in different fields).

## Roles & Responsibilities

Developing new postulates, theorems, etc. Imagine working on existing and new theories and mathematical models continuously. You will develop on the various gaps in the existing postulates and try to complete them.

Working and researching on new ideas to develop mathematical theories. By exploring mathematical theories in depth, try and imagine yourself as a mathematician who will bring forth a new dimension to existing knowledge of this discipline.

Creating models that are application-based and can be used in various fields. As mathematicians, you will have to make inter-disciplinary models that can be used by scientists, economists, business mathematicians, financial experts as well as engineers.

Helping to develop computer codes in data science. Mathematicians are capable of developing algorithms, and equations that further help in computing programmes. You will work closely in this field.

Presenting research. Like most scientists, mathematicians too have to present their studies and findings at various conferences. As a good mathematician, you will have to work with other fellow mathematicians to develop new theories and concepts.

Developing or decoding encryptions for military, law or government. This is an exciting aspect of the role when as mathematicians, you will be called upon to make sense of sensitive information in the form of algorithms or codes.

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## What Skills Will I Need To Have To Do This Job Well?

As exciting as this sounds, there are some things you’ll need to learn to do the job right:

### KNACK FOR MATH

As the name itself suggests, the most important skill needed is to have a deep interest and knowledge of Mathematics. This involves understanding algebra, algorithms, equations and other mathematical dynamics very well.

### SCIENTIFIC SKILLS

Mathematicians must also have a sharp and scientific bent of mind. This means having a keen interest and understanding of scientific systems and their evaluation. It also means finding scope for varied applications and integration of mathematics into scientific fields.

### CRITICAL THINKING AND INVESTIGATIVE SKILLS

Mathematicians are involved in a lot of research generation as well as integrating mathematical knowledge into various other fields. Be sure you are capable of handling complex equations and quantitative systems with a critical outlook. You also need to have a zest for studying new developments and working to build new theories.

### PRESENTATION SKILLS

Mathematicians have to present their research at various levels and places. They have to convince and explain the development and applicability of a model. Hence, being articulate with excellent presentation skills is a big plus.

### PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS

Mathematicians learn from each other and the process of development of new research involves a lot of new learning. As such, being a quick learner is always of a great help. At the same time, a sharp bent of mind will help in complex problem-solving.

### PATIENCE

Mathematicians have to be patient because they work on a lot of complex problems and extensive mathematical systems. Many times, days and days of hard work do not necessarily translate into the desired results. Being patient and calm in such situations becomes very important then.

## What Will My Workplace Look Like?

The work environment varies as per the organisation you work for. Mathematicians could be working in both public and private sectors, universities, colleges, schools, finance, insurance as well as data science. In academics, mathematicians are usually involved in research.

As a mathematician, you might find yourself in offices or classrooms. Your work hours will be dependent on the project you’re handling. There will be days when you work regular shifts and then there will be those when burning the midnight oil becomes absolutely necessary.

## What Is My Scope For Career Growth As A Mathematician?

In Theoretical Maths, academics is usually an option and one can be a lecturer, teacher, professor, etc. In Applied Math, options in finance, insurance, data science, and other private sector fields are open.

There is an expanding scope in such fields.

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## How Much Will I Get Paid?

The pay scale will vary depending on your organisation, your role, skill sets etc. While a definite figure would be tough to mention, we can give you a general idea.

A mathematician teaching at the secondary level can expect to earn around upwards of INR 3,00,000 on an average per year. One armed with a PhD and teaching in senior classes can pocket around INR 8,00,000 on an average per year. The salary generally falls in the INR 3,00,000 – 10,00,000 bracket.

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### STEP 1: Class XI-XII/Junior College

Choosing the Science stream with Mathematics is the obvious thing to do. Ensure you sharpen your interest in the discipline studying the subject further beyond your textbooks.

### STEP 2: Graduate Degree

Get a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. There are various degrees that are offered. For example, B.Sc Mathematics. You can also choose to get an Honours degree in Mathematics during your graduate studies.

Additional knowledge and certification in computer studies could be an added advantage.

### STEP 3: Post-graduation

A postgraduate degree will help you identify the field in which you wish to work as a mathematician. This could vary from finance, data analysis to various other fields.

### STEP 4: PhD

This is an important criterion for carrying out research. PhD is carried out in the relevant field, depending upon the nature of organisation and nature of work one wishes to take up.

### STEP 5: Land a Job

With the relevant educational qualifications and a more focussed approach to Mathematics, this is when you will look for job opportunities.

Congratulations, you are now officially a Mathematician!

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