The Computer and Mathematical occupation profiles below include specific information about the nature of the work; average earnings; underlying training and education; related occupations; and corresponding academic programs.
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Fast Facts: As of 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated 3,308,260 employed in the Computer and Mathematical occupational group earning the mean annual income of $74,500.
What's Hot: “Computer and Information Scientists” topped the Best Paid in Computer and Mathematical Science listing. What does a Computer and Information Scientist do? While many presume they like to play computer games, Wikipedia notes that “the focus of computer science is more on understanding the properties of the programs used to implement software such as games and web-browsers, and using that understanding to create new programs or improve existing ones.” They don’t just have fun.
What's Not: At the other end of the pay scale, “Mathematical Technicians" and "Computer Support Specialists” are among the Least Paid in this occupational group. They fix the games that computer scientists invent and don’t get paid nearly as much doing it.
Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.