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Statistics in the science of collecting, organizing and interpreting numerical data whether it's census numbers or rainfall totals. Statisticians use surveys and experiments to try and predict things like population growth or economic conditions. They work with government, business and industry to develop ways to test for quality of products or evaluate the results of a new program.

Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization

Actuary Mathematical Statistician
Agricultural Statistician Meteorological Statistician
Applied Statistician Operations Research Analyst
Biostatistician Physical Science Statistician
Computational Linguist Professor/Lecturer/Instructor
Computational Statistician Psychometrist
Computer Programmer/Analyst Quality Assurance/Quality Control Specialist
Demographer Statistician
Econometrist Sports Statistician
Engineering Analyst Statistical Consultant
Epidemiologist Statistical Software Engineer
Management Information Science Specialist Statistician
Marketing Researcher Theoretical Statistician

Nature of the Work

Statisticians plan and conduct surveys, questionnaires and experiments to collect information in an unbiased manner. They evaluate, organize and analyze the data and then present their conclusions and forecasts based on what they found.

Places of Employment

Accounting firms Department of Health and Human Service
Actuarial consulting firms Energy Information Administration
Aerospace industry Environmental Protection Agency
Banks National Bureau of Standards
Computer development companies National Center for Education Statistics
Federal agencies including: National Institutes of Health
Bureau of Economic Analysis Insurance companies
Bureau of Justice Statistics Manufacturing companies
Bureau of Labor Statistics Medical research centers
Department of Commerce Public utilities
Department of Defense State and county departments of public health
Department of the Interior Universities and colleges


A bachelor's degree in statistics is the minimum qualification for an entry-level position.

Background in engineering or the physical sciences is desirable for some positions like quality control. If you are interested in medical research, some courses in life sciences and/or biostatistics are a good idea. And, courses in computer programming are highly recommended.


For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951) 827-3631.

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