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Although employment opportunities exist for individuals with a bachelor's degree, a master's degree in statistics or mathematics is usually the minimum educational requirement for most statistician jobs. Research and academic positions in institutions of higher education, for example, require at least a master's degree, and usually a Ph.D., in statistics. Beginning positions in industrial research often require a master's degree combined with several years of experience. Professional Science Master's programs are also available in this area.

The training required for employment as an entry-level statistician in the Federal Government, however, is a bachelor's degree, including at least 15 semester hours of statistics or a combination of 15 hours of mathematics and statistics, if at least 6 semester hours are in statistics. Qualifying as a mathematical statistician in the Federal Government requires 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, with a minimum of 6 semester hours in statistics and 12 semester hours in an area of advanced mathematics, such as calculus, differential equations, or vector analysis.

More than 200 universities offer a degree program in statistics, biostatistics, or mathematics. Many other schools also offered graduate-level courses in applied statistics for students majoring in biology, business, economics, education, engineering, psychology, and other fields. Acceptance into graduate statistics programs does not require an undergraduate degree in statistics, although good training in mathematics is essential.

Many schools also offered degrees in mathematics, operations research, and other fields that include a sufficient number of courses in statistics to qualify graduates for some entry-level positions with the Federal Government. Required subjects for statistics majors include differential and integral calculus, statistical methods, mathematical modeling, and probability theory. Additional courses that undergraduates should take include linear algebra, design and analysis of experiments, applied multivariate analysis, and mathematical statistics.
Because computers are used extensively for statistical applications, a strong background in computer science is highly recommended. For positions involving quality and productivity improvement, 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 helpful for many jobs in market research, business analysis, and forecasting.

Good communications skills are important for prospective statisticians in industry, who often need to explain technical matters to persons without statistical expertise. An understanding of business and the economy also is valuable for those who plan to work in private industry.

Beginning statisticians generally are supervised by an experienced statistician. With experience, they may advance to positions with more technical responsibility and, in some cases, supervisory duties. However, opportunities for promotion are greater for persons with advanced degrees. Master's and Ph.D. degree holders usually enjoy independence in their work and may become qualified to engage in research; develop statistical methods; or, after a number of years of experience in a particular area, become statistical consultants.

The following is a current list of sample universities offering degree programs in Statistics. In addition, click here for a current listing of Professional Science Master's programs in the areas of mathematics and statistics.

  • American University
  • Appalachian State University
  • Auburn University
  • Babson College
  • Barnard College
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Brigham Young University
  • Brown University
  • Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
  • California State University East Bay
  • California State University--Fullerton
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Central Michigan University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • CUNY--Baruch College
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Ferris State University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida State University
  • George Washington University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Howard University
  • Iowa State University
  • Kansas State University
  • Lehigh University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Luther College
  • Master's College and Seminary
  • Miami University--Oxford
  • Michigan State University
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • New York University
  • North Carolina State University--Raleigh
  • North Dakota State University
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oakland University
  • Ohio Northern University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Pennsylvania State University--University Park
  • Purdue University--West Lafayette
  • Rice University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Roosevelt University
    Rutgers--New Brunswick
  • San Diego State University
  • St. Cloud State University
  • SUNY College--Oneonta
  • Texas A&M University--College Station
  • Tulane University
  • University of Akron, Community and Technical College
  • University of Alaska--Fairbanks
  • University of California--Berkeley
  • University of California--Los Angeles
  • University of California--Riverside
  • University of California--Santa Barbara
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Illinois--Chicago
  • University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Maryland--Baltimore County
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan--Ann Arbor
  • University of Minnesota--Morris
  • University of Minnesota--Twin Cities
  • University of Missouri--Columbia
  • University of Nevada--Las Vegas
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of North Carolina--Wilmington
  • University of North Florida
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Rochester
  • University of South Carolina--Columbia
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Texas--Dallas
  • University of Texas--El Paso
  • University of Texas--San Antonio
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin--Madison
  • University of Wyoming
  • Utah State University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Western Michigan University

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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