Northeastern University sociologist Michael Handel found most workers in the United States weren't actually doing very much complicated maths at all.
He surveyed 2300 workers across two separate two-year periods - from 2004 to 2006, and again between 2007 and 2009.
His results revealed that high-skilled blue-collar workers, such as those in construction trades and mechanics, were actually the highest daily users of maths, while those in lower paid white collar roles such as clerks and sales workers used it the least, News.com.au reported.
High level white collar works, such as those in management, technical, and professional occupations were the next biggest math users.
The sociologist's findings also suggest that high-skilled blue collar workers are also using more advanced maths skills than white-collared workers.