Add it up -- Mathematicians earn top pick as the best job

If you thought math was just a boring grade school subject, you might be kicking yourself now for not putting in more effort. CareerCast.com, a new job-search site, evaluated 200 professions in a study that came out today and named mathematicians as their top pick
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To determine rankings, the study evaluated income, physical demands, stress, and employment outlook.

What makes mathematics such a hot field? The working conditions are typically comfortable, especially when compared to brick layer and sewage-plant operator, just some of the other professions in the study. Mathematicians work indoors with no physical strain, and they don't have to deal with toxins or noisy machinery. Even better, the job comes with a nice payday. The survey estimated the annual salary of a mathematician is $94,160.