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7/22/2014 - 2014's Best Job Is…


For those who are number savvy, a career as a mathematician is looking like a good choice.

Good news for anyone who happens to be going to school in order to become a teacher, as a new report suggests that mathematicians are in high demand in the U.S. job market.

In its 2014 Jobs Rated Report, employment search company CareerCast labeled mathematician as the nation's No. 1 profession, not only because many educational institutions are looking to hire them but also for salary. Last year, the median annual pay scale for mathematicians was more than six figures at nearly $101,400. Additionally, over the next eight years, the occupation is anticipated to grow by 23%.

Tony Lee, publisher at CareerCast, pointed out that there are a number of fields a mathematics major opens doors to.

"In today's data-driven economy, math skills unlock a world of career opportunities," said Lee. "In fact, the outlook for all STEM careers is very positive, as evidenced by many of this year's best jobs - mathematician, statistician, actuary, software engineer and computer systems analyst."

Mid-level income for individuals in these lines of work was all above $68,000 and in CareerCast's top 5 jobs for 2014. Other occupations the job search engine deemed to be among the best include audiologist, dental hygienist, software engineer, occupational therapist and speech Pathologist.

In the 2012-13 school year, there were more than 3.1 million teachers in the U.S., according to the most recent data from the National Education Foundation.

Teaching can be a very rewarding profession, thanks to being able to have an influence on students and the course they take in life. But it also has great benefits as well - specifically those that relate to auto insurance. Selective aims to recognize all educators through our special Educational Affinity discount program, which teachers can land deep discounts on automotive coverage.

For more details on how the program works, talk to your local Selective agent.


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