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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

Typical Job Titles

Note: Some of these occupations might require advanced degrees

Accountant   Actuarial Statistician
Animal Health Statistician   Algorithm Designer
Architect   Bank Officer
Bio Statistician   Bookkeeper
Business Analyst   Clinical Programmer
Computer Scientist   Cost Estimator
Cryptographer/Cryptologist   Data Analyst
Data Miner   Database Administrator
Demographer   Development Manager
Econometrician   Economist
Environmental Scientist   Epidemiological Statistician
Financial Analyst   Financial Engineer
Financial Planner   Financial Statistician
Forensic Statistician   Foresting Statistician
Game Designer   Geologist
Government Statistician   Health Services Statistician
Industrial Engineer   Industrial Statistician
Inventory Analyst   Investigator
Investment Banker   Market Survey Research
Marketing Information Analyst   Mathematician
Measurement Statistician   Media Specialist
Medical Statistician   Meteorologist
Operations Research Analyst   Personal Financial Advisor
Pharmaceutical Engineer   Pharmaceutical Statistician
Physicist   Professor
Programmer Analyst   Quality Analyst
Reliability Engineer   Research Scientist
Researcher   Risk Analyst
Science Writer   Scientist
Statistical Consultant   Statistical Methodologist
Statistical Programmer   Systems Engineer
Teacher   Telecommunications Engineer


Typical Employers/Work Settings

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

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Beginning Salary Ranges Typical Salaries

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: $56,000
Salary Resources

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

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics 

Job Search Information 

Graduate Schools

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools

Link To UNF Academic Program

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

Holland Interest 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