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Careers for Statistics Majors

What is a statistics major?

The University of Denver's program in statistics focuses on the collection, analysis, and presentation of numerical data to make informed decisions.

Statisticians design, carry out and interpret the numerical results if surveys and experiments. They use statistical techniques to predict population growth or economic conditions, develop quality control tests for manufactured products, assess the nature of environmental problems, or help business managers and government officials make decisions and evaluate the results of new programs.

Quantitative analyses help organizations operate in the most efficient and effective manner possible. They use scientific method and mathematical programming to analyze various problems so they can evaluate policy alternatives and choose the course of action that suits them best. They solve problems in the areas of inventory control, personnel schedules, forecasting, resource allocation, product mix and distribution systems.

Common careers for statistics majors

With a deep understanding of numerical data, many statistics majors go on to work in health and medicine, business, and government industries.

Common job titles and places where these statistics majors find careers include:

  • actuary practices
  • applied mathematicians
  • auto and truck manufacturers
  • Census Bureau
  • colleges/universities
  • communication firms
  • construction services
  • consultant firms
  • forecasting companies
  • federal government
  • finance companies
  • health care companies
  • hospitals
  • information technology departments
  • insurance companies
  • investment firms
  • law firms
  • marketing firms
  • manufacturing firms
  • market research companies
  • telecommunication firms
  • transportation firms

Professional skills of statistics majors

In addition to the careers listed above, statistics majors are well-suited to fields that require the following skills:

  • background in quantitative methods
  • ability to use quantitative software
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • capacity to think logically
  • ability to work well with others
  • excellent attention to detail

Is a statistics major right for you?

Still unsure if you should major in statistics? Schedule a session with a career counselor, attend our "Choosing a Major" workshop, and attend career events where you can network with employers that hire statistics majors and alumni who majored in statistics.