The major gives students an advantage in the fields of business, government, and industry, and also prepares them well for advanced study in graduate school. Students collaborate with specialists in both scientific and non-technical areas to design and conduct experiments and interpret the results. 

Learn more about a career in Actuarial Sciences at the Society for Actuaries.


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Rochester Institute of Technology College of Science

Early courses are designed to give students a foundation in calculus, statistics, algebra, and computer science. Application areas are very diverse and include product design, biostatistics, actuarial science, quality control, and statistical forecasting.

At many large universities, faculty members work with Ph.D. students on research ventures, but here at RIT, undergraduates are our main focus. Here, students collaborate with faculty researcher on a variety of projects in both applied and theoretical mathematics. Cooperative education is optional, but many statistics students choose to participate and can include paid, professional experiences on their resumés. For more information and co-op listings, visit the RIT Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services.

Statisticians contribute to scientific inquiry by applying their mathematical and statistical knowledge to the design of surveys and experiments; collection, processing, and analysis of data; and interpretation of the results. Statisticians may apply their knowledge of statistical methods to a variety of subject areas, such as biology, economics, engineering, medicine, public health, psychology, marketing, education, and sports. Many economic, social, political, and military decisions cannot be made without the use of statistical techniques, such as the design of experiments to gain federal approval of a newly manufactured drug. In industry, statisticians play an important role in quality control and product/process improvement based on data analysis.

(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008-09) 

A master's degree in statistics or mathematics is the usual minimum educational requirement. Research and academic jobs generally require a Ph.D., while Federal Government jobs require at least a bachelor's degree. Beginning positions in industrial research often require a master’s degree combined with several years of experience. Jobs with the federal government require at least a bachelor's degree. Because computers are used extensively for statistical applications, a strong background in computer science is highly recommended. For positions involving quality and improvement in productivity, training in engineering or physical science is useful. A background in biological, chemical, or health science is important for positions involving the preparation and testing of pharmaceutical or agricultural products. Courses in economics and business administration are valuable for many jobs in market research, business analysis, and forecasting.

(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H. 2010-11) 

Average employment growth is projected. Individuals with a degree in statistics should have opportunities in a variety of fields. Employment of statisticians is projected to grow 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The demand for individuals with a background is statistics is expected to grow, although some jobs will be in occupations with titles other than “statistician.” The use of statistics is widespread and growing. Statistical models aid in decision making in both private industry and government. There will always be a demand for the skills statistical modeling provide. Technological advances are expected to spur demand for statisticians.

(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H. 2010-11)

Median full time salary: $65,000

—National Science Foundation Survey of Recent College Graduates

Actuary, operations research analyst, financial analyst, teacher (secondary or post-secondary), market research specialist, data analyst (e.g. biological, clinical trial), quality assurance engineer/analyst, biostatistician, underwriter, and statistician.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Center for Army Analysis, CIGNA Healthcare, Cognigen Corp., Corning Tropel Corp., Deloitte Services LP, Harbridge Consulting Group, Harris Interactive Inc., Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., LMI, Mayo Clinic, Minitab Inc., National Grid, Novum Pharmaceutical Research Services, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Paychex, Schott North America, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, and Xerox Corp.