“Over the past several months, we’ve crunched the numbers, and every time the answer was clear: Mathematicians were the hottest tech (or tech-adjacent, if you prefer) job in America. But is that category finally losing some momentum?
For our regular analysis, we use Burning Glass’s NOVA platform, which analyzes millions of active job postings. Throughout 2019, we saw the same trend: Mathematicians experienced an ever-increasing number of job postings, indicative of high demand; for example, in November 2019, job postings for mathematicians increased 92 percent year-over-year, well ahead of data engineer (59 percent), computer scientist (38 percent) and security management specialist (36 percent).
To kick off 2020, we decided to do something a little different: analyze our “hottest jobs” month-over-month, instead of year-over-year. While this exposes us a bit more to the quirks of seasonal and short-term trends, we thought it might give us additional insight into the market. And on that front, we weren’t disappointed: Between November and December, mathematicians as a category experienced no significant growth in job postings, unlike many other tech-related positions. Check out the chart:”