What Can You Do With A Major In Statistics?


Statistics is an insight by means of numbers. It involves designing experiments or surveys for information gathering purposes in the most cost-efficient manner in order to reach conclusions. Statisticians are also responsible for advising on experimental designs, conducting surveys, analyzing data, and developing new methods of analysis. Statistical ideas and methods can be used in a variety of areas, and may be associated in fields such as agriculture, biological and health sciences, economics, psychology, sociology, business, industry and government.

Typical Career Paths

Health and Medicine
Operations Management
Banking and Finance


Some Related Career Titles

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Entry Level Jobs 

Bank Teller




2 Years Minimum Experience and/or Master Degree 


Bank Officer 

Business Analyst 

Data Analyst 

Clinical Programmer 

Financial Analyst 

System Analyst 

Telecommunications Engineer 


General Career Directions

Bank Officer
Business Analyst
Data Analyst
Clinical Programmer
Financial Analyst
Industrial Statistician
Inventory Analyst
Programmer Analyst
Quality Analyst
Research Scientist
Risk Analyst
Statistical Methodologist
Statistical Programmer
Systems Analyst
Telecommunications Engineer


Typical Employers/Work Settings


Accounting Firms
Airline Companies
State Government Agencies
Federal Government Agencies
Institutional Planning
Insurance Companies
Statistical Consulting
Pharmaceutical Companies
World Health Organizations
Research Centers
Financial Institutions
Data Collection Services
Non Profit Organizations
Logistics Firms


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Beginning Salary Range: 


According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Spring 2008 Salary Survey, beginning salaries for graduates with a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics start at about $51,000. Master's Degree: $53,000. Doctoral Degree: $56,000For more information on salaries click here


Skills Needed For this Career

Problem Solving

Ability to analyze and interpret data

Logical thinking

Evaluating theoretical models

Systemizing skills

Organizational skills

Critical thinking

Teamwork skills

Advanced quantitative skills

Numerical computation

Computer literacy

Ability to design experiments

Verbal and written communication skills

Advising skills




Links To Professional Associations 

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
American Statistical Association
Institute of Mathematical Statistics 
International Society for Clinical Biostatistics
International Statistical Institute
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics 



Job Search Information 

National Organizations or Databases



Graduate Schools 

Local Programs - Master of Science in Statistics and other related programs 
Florida International University  
University of Florida 
National Programs - Master of Science in Statistics other related programs 
Georgia Institute of Technology 
University of Georgia
Other resources for graduate program research



Link To UNF Program 

The College of Arts and Sciences  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts in Statistics .



Holland Codes 

Statistics- Conventional; Investigative (CI)


Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview with or shadow a professional in the field to gain more knowledge about this career
  • Do at least one internship related to your career goal/program of study before graduating to gain experience
  • Get involved in volunteer work and community service
  • Develop leadership skills through on-campus activities such as Presidential Envoys, Residence Assistant, Student Government, Peer Advisor, etc.
  • Develop team skills through involvement in student clubs and organizations on campus
  • Join a professional association related to your career choice