Math & Statistics

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

40,686

growing 6.31%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$6,994

growing 5.09%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$32,746

growing 3.84%

Average Wage

$95,155

growing 2.72%

People in Workforce

718,331

growing 7.25%

Average Employee Age

44.7

declining 0.382%

About

The locations with the highest concentration of Math & Statistics degree recipients are New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, and Chicago, IL. The locations with a relatively high number of Math & Statistics degree recipients are Williamstown, MA, Crawfordsville, IN, and Cuthbert, GA. The most common degree awarded to students studying Math & Statistics is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Math & Statistics and the types of students that study this field. University of California-Los Angeles awards the most degrees in Math & Statistics in the US, but Amherst College and Harvey Mudd College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Math & Statistics.

Tuition costs for Math & Statistics majors are, on average, $6,994 for in-state public colleges, and $32,746 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Math & Statistics programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (769 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (24,567 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Math & Statistics, is Public, 4-year or above (24,567 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Math & Statistics programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$6,994

Median In-State Public

$32,746

Median Out of State Private

University of California-Los Angeles has the most Math & Statistics degree recipients, with 661 degrees awarded in 2016.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Math & Statistics.

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Specialized Colleges

Highest Concentration Institution

  1. 10.4%

  2. 10.3%

  3. 9.72%

Out of all institutions that offer Math & Statistics programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Amherst College and Harvey Mudd College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Math & Statistics, with 10.4% and 10.3%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Math & Statistics

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Math & Statistics by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Math & Statistics.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Math & Statistics graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Math & Statistics majors is $95,155 and the most common occupations are Postsecondary teachers, Elementary & middle school teachers, and Software developers, applications & systems software.

The industry that employs the most Math & Statistics majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Electric & gas, and other combinations.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

$95,155

Average Wage in Workforce

± $2,721

2.72%

1 Year Growth

± 4.04%

The average salary for Math & Statistics majors is $95,155 and the most common occupations are Postsecondary teachers, Elementary & middle school teachers, and Software developers, applications & systems software.

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Highest Paying Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Math & Statistics majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Math & Statistics majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations by Share

718,331

2017 Workforce

± 20,758

7.25%

1 Year Growth

± 3.88%

The number of Math & Statistics graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 7.25%, from 669,759 in 2016 to 718,331 in 2017.

The largest single share of Math & Statistics graduates go on to work as Postsecondary teachers (8.75%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Math & Statistics by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

718,331

2017 Workforce

± 20,758

7.25%

1 Year Growth

± 3.88%

The number of Math & Statistics graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 7.25%, from 669,759 in 2016 to 718,331 in 2017.

The industry which employs the most Math & Statistics graduates by share is Elementary & secondary schools, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Math & Statistics.

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Specialty Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Math & Statistics majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Math & Statistics in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Math & Statistics is 44.7, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Math & Statistics degrees, and White students earn the majority (19,137) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

44.7

Average Age in 2017

± 0.4 Years

0.382%

1 Year Change

± 1.29%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Math & Statistics. The most common ages of employees with this major are 26 and 27 years old, which represent 2.87% and 2.83% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Math & Statistics are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Associates Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

The most common degree types held by the working population in Math & Statistics are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Doctorate degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (60.1%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Math & Statistics.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    19,137 degrees awarded

  2. Non-resident Alien

    10,026 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    4,018 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Math & Statistics for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination

  1. White Male

    8,666 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    5,919 degrees awarded

  3. Non-resident Alien Male

    2,357 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Math & Statistics. White Male students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. India

    36,286 degree recipients

  2. China

    23,052 degree recipients

  3. Russia

    7,072 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. USSR

    6.26 times more than expected

  2. Sri Lanka

    4.99 times more than expected

  3. Russia

    4.97 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in USSR that hold Math & Statistics degrees (6.26 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is India (36,286 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Math & Statistics field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Math & Statistics majors need many skills, but most especially Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Math & Statistics majors need more than the average amount of Programming, Mathematics, and Management of Financial Resources.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Math & Statistics majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Programming is very distinctive for majors, but the Critical Thinking, Mathematics, and Judgment and Decision Making are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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