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Area

Employer


Government

 
  • Scientific Research:
    • Design Surveys
    • Implement Experiments
    • Collect, Process, and Analyze Data
    • Interpret Results
  • Areas Include:
    • Census
    • Ecology
    • Forestry
    • Government Regulation
    • Law
    • National Defense
    • Public Health
    • Population Research
    • Risk Assessment
  • Federal government including:
    • Bureau of Labor Statistics
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Census Bureau
    • Department of Agriculture
    • Department of Commerce
    • Department of Energy, Office of Energy Research
    • Department of Health and Human Services
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • Food and Drug Administration
    • National Institutes of Health
    • National Science Foundation
    • National Institute of Standards and Technology
    • National Security Agency
    • Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    • Office of Naval Research
    • Army Research Office
    • State and local government

Business and Industry

 
  • Quality Control
  • Reliability
  • Product Testing
  • Product Development and Improvement
  • Management of Assets and Liabilities
  • Risk Assessment
  • Financial Planning
  • Market Research
  • Management
  • Research
  • Engineering Applications
  • Data Processing Services
  • Purchasing
  • Technical Writing
  • Manufacturers
  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms
  • Communications industry
  • Consumer marking firms
  • Consulting firms
  • Research centers and laboratories
  • Utility companies
  • Environmental clean-up firms
  • Software developers
  • Engineering firms
  • Transportation companies
  • Financial institutions
  • Insurance companies
  • Nonprofit organizations

Health and Medicine

 
  • Biomedical Research
  • Biostatistics
  • Clinical Trials
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Pharmacology
  • Public Health
  • Animal Health
  • Health Economics
  • Technical Writing
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Biotechnology firms
  • Hospitals
  • National laboratories
  • Government agencies such as:
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Food and Drug Administration
    • National Institutes of Health
  • Research universities
  • Animal health industry
  • Scientific journals

Insurance

 
  • Actuary Science
  • Risk Management/Assessment
  • Loss Management/Control
  • Underwriting
  • Insurance carriers
  • Insurance agents and brokers
  • Professional, scientific, and technical consulting firms
  • Government agencies

Operations Management

 
  • Operations Research Analysis:
    • Business strategy
    • Facilities layout
    • Inventory control
    • Personnel scheduling
  • Production Management:
    • Line supervision
    • Manufacturing management
    • Production planning
    • Quality assurance
  • Materials Management:
    • Purchasing/buying
    • Traffic management
    • Inventory management
  • Manufacturers
  • Industrial organizations
  • Service organizations

Banking and Finance

 
  • Corporate and Consumer Credit Analysis
  • Commercial Lending
  • Trust Management
  • Capital Services and Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Mortgage Loans
  • Originations and Packaging
  • Branch Management
  • Operations
  • Cash Management
  • Credit Scoring and Risk Management
  • Private Banking
  • Financial Analysis
  • Investment Banking
  • Commercial banks
  • Credit unions
  • Savings and loan associations
  • Savings banks
  • Mortgage banks
  • Captive finance companies
  • Regulatory agencies including:
    • Federal Reserve
    • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
    • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
    • Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS)
  • Brokerage firms

Education

 
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Colleges and universities

General Information and Strategies

  • Statistics can be used in a wide variety of fields within science, technology, business, health, and social sciences. Gain knowledge in a specific field of interest to pair with skills in statistics, math, and computers.
  • Most "statistician" and upper level research jobs in either government or industry will require at least a master's degree.
  • An undergraduate degree in statistics can be used in a variety of business settings if combined with relevant experience and skills. Choose concentrations or minors that will enhance a degree in statistics. Take courses in forecasting and applied time series which are particularly sought after by employers. Plan to complete one or more internships in an area of interest.
  • Some positions in business, such as sales and management, are open to any major. Seek experiences and build skills that will help you prepare for these jobs.
  • Strong communication skills are critical in the field of statistics in order to communicate statistical information clearly to people who do not have technical backgrounds.
  • Get involved with campus organizations to build leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in fields of interest to learn more about their work and to build a network of contacts.
  • To prepare for graduate school, maintain a high grade point average and secure strong faculty recommendations. Statistics can be a good preparation for graduate degrees in other fields such as law, business, or public health.