Your degree in Statistics

While studying statistics, you’re learning methods for organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data to identify patterns that will help solve real-world problems across almost every field of science, technology, and business. You’ll develop important skills to apply your statistical knowledge to a diverse range of scenarios. 
These skills may include:

  • Organization of data to facilitate interpretation and application
  • Complex pattern recognition
  • Data preparation (validation) and processing (modeling)
  • Probabilistic reasoning
  • Survey and experimental design 
  • Statistical and data analysis
  • Logical and critical reasoning
  • Numerical computation
  • Technical skills in statistical concepts, logic, and specialized software (SQL, R)

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including biotechnology, data management, aerospace, telecommunications, human resources, financial services, software engineering, public policy, health and pharmaceuticals, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.


Algorithm designer

Big data analyst

Bioinformatics scientist


Chartered financial analyst

Computer programmer


Data/Information scientist

Data mining analyst




Insurance underwriter

Investment manager

Marketing consultant

Market researcher

Operations researcher

Quantitative analyst

Software engineer

Sports statistician

Statistical consultant

Statistical engineer

Systems/Research analyst

Systems auditor


Technical analyst - statistics

Make the most of your specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Undergraduate Statistics Society
Meet other UBC students in Statistics through events and programs.

UBC Science Co-op
Gain work experience in statistics between study terms.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

UBC Department of Statistics events
Check out departmental events and network with students and faculty.

Mitacs funding
Apply for up to $15,000 to fund a four-month internship in your specific area of study.

UBC Mathematics outreach initiatives
Interact with elementary and high school students through workshops and sessions.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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