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Department of Statistics


Statisticians are among the fastest growing jobs in the country. Our department offers two paths to a statistics degree: a general major in statistics and a concentration in actuarial science. Both degrees reflect a balance of training in applied statistical methods, statistical computing and statistical theory. The actuarial concentration includes a minor in risk management and insurance, and is designed to prepare students for the early actuarial exams.

Workforce success

Concentrating your studies in a statistics major allows you to gain skills of interest to employers and industries. Graduates with a major in statistics are attractive to employers due to their abilities in the following areas:

  • Data analysis and use of statistical tools
  • Interpretation of research to communicate findings to broad audiences
  • Designing research
  • Creative problem definition
  • Collaboration skills in the design and presentation of research
  • Critical thinking in current social problems
  • Communicate effectively
  • Provide different explanations for social problems

Career options

These skills, and many others acquired in the pursuit of a degree in statistics, are highly transferable to jobs such as:

  • Statistician
  • Actuary
  • Data scientist
  • Data analyst
  • Database specialist
  • Certified SAS programmer
  • Secondary educator
  • Financial analyst
  • Mathematician

Types of employers

  • Insurance agencies
  • Banks
  • Federal, state, county and city government
  • Secondary schools
  • University research centers
  • Hospitals and medical data centers
  • Biomedical centers
  • Software development firms
  • Finance



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