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Graduates in Biomathematics are equipped to pursue a variety of careers, depending upon the particular emphasis chosen during their undergraduate training. They may be employed as statisticians, scientific programmers, or in areas of bio-science where training in quantitative techniques is needed. Further, they are equipped to pursue graduate studies in theoretical biology, physiology, biostatistics, statistics, and areas of applied mathematics. This major can also be used for a pre-medicine or pre-dentistry program. A large number of mathematicians work in the Federal Government with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. In the private sector, research and development laboratories, manufacturers of guided missiles, space vehicles, aircraft, and office computing machines are industries providing most of the jobs.

Educational Qualifications

Statisticians typically need a master’s degree in statistics, mathematics, or survey methodology. However, a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for some entry-level jobs. Research and academic jobs generally require a Ph.D.

For jobs with the federal government, candidates need at least a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or significant coursework in mathematics. In private industry, mathematicians typically need an advanced degree, either a master’s degree or a doctorate.

Job Outlook

Employment of mathematicians is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of statisticians is projected to grow 27 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Entering Salary

The 2012 median annual wages for sample jobs for computer science graduates are as follows:

Computer programmer$74,280
Computer support specialist$48,900
Computer systems analyst$79,680
Information security analyst$86,170
Software developer$72,560
Web developer$62,500

The median annual wage for mathematicians was $101,360 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $56,040, and the top 10 percent earned more than $152,950. The median annual wage for statisticians was $75,560 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $42,220 and the top 10 percent earned more than $121,890

The median annual wage for computer and information systems managers was $120,950 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $74,940, and the top 10 percent earned more than $187,200.

The median annual wage for mathematicians was $101,360 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $56,040, and the top 10 percent earned more than $152,950. The median annual wage for statisticians was $75,560 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $42,220 and the top 10 percent earned more than $121,890

Career information adapted from:

  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2013). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/ooh

Contact and Location

math@lasierra.edu

951.785.2197
Price Science Complex, Room 247