F.A.Q. - Jobs and Career Opportunities in Statistics


What jobs await me if I earn a master's degree in statistics?

There is a large and increasing demand for workers with a master's degree in our field. "Statistician" is consistently ranked as one of the top five careers based on quality/interest of job, pay and benefits, low stress levels, etc. (See New York Times article.) According to the US Bureau of Labor, employment of statisticians is projected to grow 27% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected to result from more widespread use of statistical analysis to make informed business, healthcare, and policy decisions. View their occupational handbook here.

With an MAS in statistics, you can work in business, industry, or government. Statisticians are needed in all areas of industry, e.g., for quality control, market research, and product development. Businesses in the high-tech, medical, and pharmaceutical sectors are some of the most prolific employers of statisticians, especially for product research and development. Potential government employers might include the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, US Forest Service, National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Census Bureau, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, to name a few.


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