Your degree in Statistics

Skills you’ll develop

While studying statistics, you’re learning methods for organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data to identify patterns that will help solve real-world problems. 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)

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 academic backgrounds, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. 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.

  • Actuary
  • Algorithm designer
  • Big data analyst
  • Bioinformatics scientist
  • Biostatistician
  • Chartered financial analyst
  • Computer programmer
  • Cryptanalyst
  • Data/Information scientist
  • Data mining analyst
  • Demographer
  • Economist
  • Epidemiologist
  • 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
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Technical analyst - statistics

Make the most of your specialization

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

Build your network

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 finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Statistics graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

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