risk level
Based on 537 votes
-0.1 %
by year 2032
or $55.98 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

21% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

User poll

28% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 21% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Mathematicians will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Mathematicians' job openings is expected to decline 0.1% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Mathematicians' was $116,440, or $55 per hour

'Mathematicians' were paid 142.3% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 2,220 people employed as 'Mathematicians' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 68 thousand people are employed as 'Mathematicians'.

Job description

Conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields. Solve problems in various fields using mathematical methods.

SOC Code: 15-2021.00


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skyss0fly (Moderate) says
Robots have to utilise logic in their programming using arithmetic skills and therefore use mathematics to perform tasks and as such can compute mathematical tasks quite easily
Apr 27, 2024 at 03:59 AM
Anon (Uncertain) says
Logic can be programmed, so they may be able to eventually prove theorems
Dec 11, 2023 at 05:40 AM
Europe2048 (Moderate) says
Maybe WolframAlpha is taking over?
Sep 15, 2023 at 12:57 PM
Me (No chance) says
Mathematical insights rely on human originality.
Aug 24, 2023 at 06:50 AM
Anish (Highly likely) says
It will simply outclass us in every field.
Jul 08, 2023 at 02:47 AM
Probabilist says
Mathematicians generally find new ideas to solve problems, they also find new questions, whereas AI is just able to copy what already exists and to adapt it to classical situations. But maybe mathematicians will be able to create themself a new AI which will be able to replace them !!
May 23, 2023 at 05:39 PM
Andre (Highly likely) says
People saying this is unlikely are silly. The progress in the field of computer generated proofs has been faster than the progress in AI art. I don't expect any of the Millennium Prize problems to be solved by humans, and I expect them all solved by 2030.
Mar 17, 2023 at 11:39 PM
Carlos (No chance) says
I believe that even general AI will require a lot of time to reach a level where it can be compared on a full basis to a human in regards to maths.
Jun 11, 2022 at 09:36 PM
Saurabh Sarkar (No chance) says
AI was created from Math. Its development is dependent on the development of new Math. It will be next to impossible for AI to develop new functional math.
Nov 06, 2021 at 12:11 PM
James (Uncertain) says
Because, AI and supercomputer can overtake the common knowledge
May 28, 2021 at 08:49 AM
Jo says
If you've ever done college level math and the number of ways you've been told to "Do it by inspection" and the unconventional method that every solution takes, Math is very unlikely to become automated.
Apr 21, 2021 at 10:09 AM
AK (No chance) says
Mathematics can go so far, there are literally so infinite possibilities. That may sound extreme but there are so many number systems out there that mathematicians are uncovering everyday as a team and they still can not find all of them. A computer may be faster but since there are so many possibilities both mathematicians and computers must work TOGETHER.
Mar 29, 2021 at 01:18 PM
Alex (Low) says
Mathematics requires quite a bit of creativity, which AI is not capable of.
Dec 15, 2020 at 02:32 PM
Faisal Ali Al-Zharani says
Mathematicians being replaced by AI technology is not a bad idea. But this still upsets some people. Like me yes I'm a little upset but I don't I'll be thinking about creating jobs for mathematicians that hasn't bee in the (mathematics society) something like a direct career path for full time mathematicians. If is that secondary school teaching alright but not other job opportunities provided for mathematicians. I'm still thinking about the medicine field & how are experts in the field medicine are going to be replaced by artificial intelligence (AI) & also occupations like engineers or scientists.
Apr 20, 2020 at 04:46 PM
Mon says
Which career is most persistent to be replaced by AI according to you?
Aug 23, 2022 at 08:37 PM
kevin (Low) says
Mathematics at its core requires a lot of creativity, something which AI is as of yet not good at. However AI will of course play a big role in defining potential research and we already see AI being used to find interesting mathematical patterns that we as humans have overlooked. It will be an aid to us, at least for the short/medium term.
Jul 11, 2019 at 11:15 AM
seojin (No chance) says
well at first you need creativity to think about what should he do,
and AI does not have creativity!
so AI could be assistant not mathematicians.
Jun 03, 2019 at 08:31 AM

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