Why Study Statistics?

A World Of Opportunity

Good at math? Fascinated by data? Interested in solving problems in a variety of different fields? If you answered yes to these questions, then statistics may be the career choice for you. Today we are literally drowning in data. In organizations and institutions around the world, managers, executives, analysts, clinicians, and academics are finding themselves faced with unprecedented torrents of data. Moreover, they are also facing increased complexity and uncertainty and increased pressure to glean meaningful information from their data. Which discipline are these individuals turning to for answers, insight, and leadership? You guessed it. Statistics.

Note About the Importance of Statistics

ScienceDaily reports that, "...demand for statisticians is likely to continue to outpace this growth. In a 2011 report, McKinsey Global Institute stated a 'significant constraint on realizing value from Big Data will be a shortage of talent, particularly of people with deep expertise in statistics and machine learning,' and predicted a potential shortage in the U.S. of 140,000 to 190,000 workers with deep analytical skills by the year 2018. It also warned of an additional shortage of 1.5 million managers and analysts who can use the analytical output of Big Data for decision-making."  To learn more about the boom in Statistics and analysis, see the full report at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151001125945.htm .

Your Dream Job

Statistician, and more broadly, data scientist, is being touted in the press as the dream job of the 21st century.  CareerCast.com consistently ranks statistician among the top careers when considering work environment, physical demands, job outlook, income levels, and stress. Within the next 10 years, industries across North America are projecting significant shortages in the supply of qualified graduates able to collect, store, parse, analyze, and communicate the information hidden within data sets. Moreover, around the world, large companies are already looking to stockpile statisticians: people who have the talent to analyze data and the ability to tell powerful stories based on their findings. 

What Do Our Alumni Have To Say?

View the profiles of some of our talented alumni and learn about their diverse professional experiences.

We Can Equip You             

You, as a graduate of our program, will be equipped with the skills and abilities to enter the job market and flourish. In fact, many of our undergraduate statistics graduate have been doing just that, moving into a variety of important jobs with titles such as

Statistical analyst, programmer, data analyst, market research analyst, methodologist, research assistant, data specialist, project management specialist, manufacturing process quality associate, and senior data specialist.

You might be involved in the development of products or work for automobile, pharmaceutical, or computer software companies. Alternatively, as a statistician, you might pursue a career in manufacturing, market research, or risk management.

Positioning You For Success

It doesn’t stop there. An undergraduate degree in statistics can position you to succeed in graduate studies, not only in statistics, but in financial mathematics, medicine, and bioinformatics as well. If you do decide to equip yourself with a graduate degree, the career opportunities for you are plentiful. Today, many of our graduate alumni spend their days sampling and modelling hard to reach, complex populations, surveying groups, building new computational tools for analyzing data, modelling dynamic processes including diseases, and leading the design and analysis of clinical trials.

Statistics … Changing The World

Over the next 10 years, statistics is going to change the way that organizations think, plan, act, and inspire. With a degree in statistics, the only limitation on your opportunities is your imagination. In our program, you will be exposed to methods that will help you understand data and also answer tough questions in both academic and industry settings. If you want to help lead the data revolution in organizations around the world, then you can be confident that your life as a graduated statistician will be filled with excitement, possibility, challenge, change, and reward.

Learn More

Visit This is Statistics, a website created by the American Statistical Association to explain the role of statistics in industry and research and to shed light on a diverse array of careers that involve statistics.