What Can I Do With a Major In Statistics?
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Statistics has been described as the science of learning from data: everything from planning for the collection of data and data management, to end-product activities such as drawing conclusions from data and presentation of results. Statistics includes the scientific application of mathematical principles to the collection, analysis, and presentation of data. Statisticians contribute to the design of surveys and experiments; collection, processing, and analysis of data; and interpretation of the results. Statisticians apply their methods in all subject areas. Sampling-obtaining information about a population of people or group of things by surveying a small portion of the total is often used. Statisticians the where and how of data, determine the type and size of the sample group, instructions and procedures for the sampling collection, tabulate the data and final analysis, interpretation and summary using computer software.<! -- end major description -->
Class of 2021 Career Outcomes for Statistics*
** Includes Self-Employed
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- Connect with Kristina Rust, your Career Consultant - click here to find information on scheduling an appointment and satellite drop-in hours
- Statistics Academic Advisor - Dr. Anne Vencill
- Department of Statistics
- Statistics Club at UGA • Data Dawgs
- Find additional clubs and organizations at the Involvement Network
- Free technical training - access Skillsoft and Lynda through myUGA
- Github - online portfolio platform. Cannot post academic material from courses on a public site - must create a private repository
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POTENTIAL CAREER PATHS IN STATISTICS
- Actuary - Professionals in the actuary field calculate the financial impact of risk and uncertainty. They evaluate the probability of events and quantify the contingent outcome in order to minimize the impacts of financial losses associated with uncertain undesirable events. Accountants focus on measuring and documenting financial information that helps others make decisions about allocating resources.
- Biostatistician - use statistical knowledge and theory when researching within the life sciences.
- Business Analyst - As a business analyst, you'll work within an organization, helping to manage change and plan for the future in line with company goals. This could be for one specific project, or as a permanent feature of the organization. You'll need to understand the current organizational situation, identify future needs, and create solutions to help meet those needs, usually (but not always) in relation to information and software systems.
- Clinical Data Manager - A Data Manager in a clinical setting applies their statistical knowledge in combination with a knowledge of health care to analyze medical data and identify trends.
- Cryptography - A cryptographer develops algorithms, ciphers, and security systems to encrypt sensitive information.
- Data Analyst - Data analysts are in charge of producing and tracking key performance indicators. Additionally, they gather, understand, and document business requirements using a variety of tools and techniques. Additionally, data analysts manipulate, analyze, and interpret complex datasets relating to the business they work for.
- Data Scientist - Data scientists are in charge of collecting and utilizing large amounts of data and convert them into information using algorithms and machine learning. Data scientists take charge of projects to meet a variety of business needs and present their results using clear and engaging language.
- Economist - Professionals in this field are focused on the analysis of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Economists work in many fields including academia, government, and in the private sector.
- Financial Quantitative Analyst - Quantitative Analysts, or "Quants," use statistics in combination with financial knowledge to inform the finance industry.
- Market Research Analyst - Market research analysts study market conditions in local, regional, or national areas to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price.
- Mathematician - A mathematician conducts research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields. They solve problems in various field using mathematical methods.
- Operations Research - Operations research analysts use advanced methods of mathematical analysis to help organizations solve problems and make better fiscal decisions. Most operations research analysts in the federal government work for the Department of Defense, which also employs a large number of analysts through private consulting firms.
- Quality Analyst - A quality analyst evaluates, tests, and validates software and/or IT services. Analyzes deficiencies in service or performance and recommends product or service improvements to address problems.
- Project Manager - Project Managers are in charge of managing projects and ensuring that they adhere to the pre-established budget, schedule, and scope. They must also track project milestones and deliverables to ensure the successful execution of the project. Project managers help develop project plans, objectives, technologies, schedules, funding, and staffing as well.
- Risk Analyst - Risk advisors manage risk by identifying, measuring, and making decisions on a variety of risks within an organization. Some key responsibilities include documenting key risks, communicating risks, maintaining data quality of risk management systems, and making recommendations on ways to control and reduce risk.
- Statistical Consultant - A statistical consultant provides a range of services to clients including statistical advice, analysis, and training. Clients can come from a wide variety of subject areas including business, medicine, environment, and government.
- Statistician - A statistician develops or applies mathematical or statistical theories and methods to collect, organize, interpret, and summarize numerical data to provide usable information. May specialize in fields such as bio-statistics, agricultural statistics, business statistics, or economic statistics.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - Answered By Your Career Consultant, Kristina Rust
When should I start looking for jobs? Your industry has two main recruitment seasons- September/October and January/February. May graduates are encouraged to recuit during both seasons. To support your search, the UGA Career Center hosts career fairs in September and January every year. To see the specific dates, look on Handshake.
What skills should I emphasize with employers? Your technical skills are valuable, but don't forget about your soft skills! Remember that programming languages can be taught, but it's much harder to teach someone skills like communication, work ethic, and leadership. Look at page 26 in the Career Guide to see a list of skills employers and graduate schools value.
What should my resume look like? A statistics resume typically follows a standard resume formatting. To see good examples, check out the UGA Career Center resume samples.
What are cover letters? Why do I need to write them? A cover letter is a business letter written to the employer that explains why you are qualified and a good fit for their open position. It accompanies your resume when you apply for a job. While your resume is an overview of your experiences, a cover letter directly address how those experiences have qualified you for the role. The cover letter “builds the bridge” between your resume and the position description so that there is no miscommunication regarding your qualifications. For example, “My experience in ____ and ___ have directly prepared me for this role.” Good cover letters are tailored to the job you are applying to. Even if a cover leter is not required for a role, submitting one demonstrates your initiative and excitement about the role. To see an example cover letter, check out page 36-37 in the Career Guide.
Are internships important? Internships are great tools to help you achieve your goals for full-time employment. Students typically complete an internship the summer before their final year, but you are welcome to search for an internship earlier if you would like. While they are excellent tools, they are not prerequisites for the workforce. You can demonstrate your skills and experiences through other mediums, like class and/or independent projects, part-time jobs, student leadership, and more.
Should I attend graduate school? Whether or not you attend graduate school is a multi-faceted decision. I encourage you to make an appointment to discuss this in greater depth. In general, a Master's degree is required to continue past entry-level roles in this field. However, should you choose to get a higher degree, you do not have to get it right away. You can always work for a few years and come back to school. You can see what schools/programs previous graduates attended by looking below in the "Graduate & Professional School" section.
How can I meet with my career consultant for a one-on-one appointment? You can schedule an appointment with your career consultant by calling 706-254-3375 or logging in to Handshake. On Handshake, click on "Career Center" and then "Appointments."
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Additional Career Research Resources
- O*NET - The O*NET database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledges, work activities, and interests associated with over 900 occupations (Login using your 810/811)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations
- Firsthand - Explore a library of guides, articles, and other resources to help you explore careers, plan your job search, and learn about different work environments. Create a free account with your UGA email.
- Interstride- View jobs/internship in other countries and country career guides
- Candid Career - Watch recorded informational interviews of professionals in specific careers. Filter videos by career title, college major, industry, and more. (Login using your 810/811)
- UGA Mentor Program- Networking with your Bulldog family can help you get ahead in life and career, but where do you even start? The UGA Mentor Program narrows down the world of possibilities to meaningful connections. The program connects students to alumni mentors for personal and professional development
- Glassdoor - Glassdoor is a free jobs and career community that offers the world an inside look at jobs and companies. What sets us apart is our "employee generated content" – anonymous salaries, company reviews, interview questions, and more – all posted by employees, job seekers, and sometimes the companies themselves. Now with nearly 3 million salaries and reviews, you have all the information you might need to make your next career decision.
- Big Interview - Online practice interview platform. Practice basic interview questions or questions based on your industry interests or competencies! Also provides practice interview questions for graduate/professional schools. Just sign-up using your uga email address!
- World of Statistics - Learn more about industry areas and job options for statisticians under the "Statisticians at Work" page.
- We Use Math - Information on Careers in Math
- Be An Actuary - Information on Careers in Actuarial Science
- Handshake - Login with your UGA myID and password to view thousands of jobs/internships from employers looking for UGA students
- LinkedIn - Network with professionals and view job openings
- Interstride - Job/internship openings in countries abroad as well as country career guides providing information about finding employment in other countries
- Specialized - Check out Idealist for jobs in the Nonprofit sector and USAJobs for opportunities in the federal government
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS: Institute of Mathematical Statistics • The Biometric Society • International Association for Statistical Education • International Biometric Association • International Statistical Institute • Society for Industrial and Applied Math • American Statistical Association
NEWS: Science Daily • The Conversation • The Entrepreneur
COMPANY & SALARY RESEARCH: Career Bliss • GlassDoor • Salary.com
LINKEDIN: Join LinkedIn groups that are relevant to your career interests. To search, select "groups" & type in your keywords. Review the groups that professionals in your field of interest have joined & consider joining those as well. To login, visit the LinkedIn main page.
Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2021 Statistics majors
The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2021 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.
|BHC Consulting LLC||Actuarial Analyst||Credigy||Performance Data and Analytics Analyst||Epic Systems Corporation||Technical Solutions Engineer||GEICO||Product Strategy Analyst||HD Supply||Operations Analyst||Mercer||Actuarial Analyst||NIMBL, Techedge Group||Business Process Analyst||Purchasing Power||Data Analyst||Quincy Mutual Insurance Group||Actuarial Analyst||Robins Air Force Base||Inventory Management Specialist||Senior Life Insurance Company||Data Analyst||Siemens||Pre-Sales Solution Consultant||United States Coast Guard||IT Staff|
Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2021 Statistics majors
The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2020 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.
|Georgetown University||Finance, MS||Georgia Institute of Technology||Data Analytics, MS||Georgia Institute of Technology||Analytics, MS||Georgia State University||Data Science, MS||University of Georgia||Statistics, MS||University of Georgia||Statistics, MS||University of Georgia||Educational Psychology, MS||University of Georgia||Educational Psychology, MA||University of Texas at Austin||Data Science, MS|