Career Path Forecast
to the U.S. Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,
employment of statisticians is statisticians is projected to grow 13
percent from 2008 to 2018, about as fast as the average for all
occupations. The demand for individuals with a background is statistics
is projected to grow, although some jobs will be in occupations with
titles other than statistician.
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 statisticians provide. Technological
advances are expected to spur demand for statisticians. Ever-faster
computer processing allows statisticians to analyze greater amounts of
data much more quickly and to gather and sort through large amounts of
data that would not have been analyzed in the past. As data processing
continues to become more efficient and less expensive, an increasing
number of employers will want to employ statisticians to take advantage
of the new information available.
should experience employment growth, primarily because of the growing
pharmaceuticals business. As pharmaceutical companies develop new
treatments and medical technologies, biostatisticians will be needed to
do research and clinical trials.
Individuals with a degree in statistics have opportunities in a
variety of fields.
example, many jobs involve the analysis and interpretation of data from
economics, biological science, psychology, computer software
engineering, education, and other disciplines. Additional job openings
will become available as currently employed statisticians transfer to
other occupations, retire, or leave the workforce for other reasons.
Among graduates with a master's degree in statistics, those with a
strong background in an allied field, such as finance, biology,
engineering, or computer science, should have the best prospects of
finding jobs related to their field of study.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.