CAREER CLUSTER BRIEF 
MATHEMATICS AND RELATED RESEARCH 

CAREER AREA  NATURAL SCIENCES 


Work activities in this group primarily involve investigation into atmospheric, astronomical, and geographical phenomena and conditions; into theoretical aspects of physics and mathematics; and into automatic dataprocessing systems and programs. Typically, workers collect and analyze data on the features of the atmosphere, earth's surface, and celestial bodies; formulate theories on time, space, matter and energy, and other aspects of the physical world; make mathematical statements of problems for solution by automatic dataprocessing systems; develop new mathematical and statistical methods and formulas; and communicate research findings through reports, lectures, technical publications, and other media.  
Worker Requirements 

Ability to understand the basic laws of nature and scientific methods of investigation; inventiveness; ability to represent and relate abstract ideas by means of symbols; organizational ability; retentive memory; clerical perception; lucid verbal expression; ability to perceive or envision relative paths or positions of stationary and moving objects; and the ability to grasp mathematical and statistical concepts.  

Sample Occupations 
Theoretical Mathematician  Meteorologist 
Statistician  Geographer 
Actuary  Systems Analyst 
Physicist  Computer Programmer 
Astronomer  

Related MPC Departments 
High School, College, and University Teaching  Mathematics 
Engineering and Scientific Coordination  Astronomy 
Natural Science Research  Physics 
Laboratory Technology  Geography 
Scientific Assisting  Earth Science 