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Woman working on computer
Master's degree
Median Pay
Median Pay
Job Growth
Job Growth
(Below US Average)
Jobs in 2031
Jobs in 2031

What Do They Do?

A cryptographer could...

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Cryptographers, also called cryptologists and cryptanalysts, develop the encryption algorithms that keep our modern online transactions, like emails and credit card purchases, safe from prying eyes. Even if information or a message is stolen, as long as it is encrypted, the person who stole it cannot read it! Cryptographers also work to test and break these algorithms, to check them for weaknesses and vulnerabilities. They even analyze and decipher codes used by terrorists and foreign governments, to provide valuable information to the U.S. military and intelligence agencies.

Do You Have the Skills and Characteristics of a Cryptographer?

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Core Tasks

Think about if you'd like the typical tasks a Cryptographer might do:
  • Make sure sensitive information is properly encrypted and only accessible to authorized parties
  • Help ensure that online credit card transactions are secure
  • Design an app that allows users to send each other encrypted text messages
  • Study existing industry-standard encryption algorithms and probe them for weaknesses or try to crack them
  • Use mathematical theories to design newer, more secure encryption algorithms
  • Decode secret messages intercepted by military, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies

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