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Mathematics is one of the basic building blocks of the universe, as anyone who’s seen the John Travolta space epic “Battlefield Earth” knows. Unless that changes, it will always be necessary to consult someone whose knowledge of the subject goes beyond adding, subtracting and multiplication tables.

Such a person is the mathematician, whose skills can be applied to a vast range of subjects, including computer science and physics. Mathematicians earn a median annual salary of $99,380, although they can earn still more in the field of scientific research

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