Statistics

Are you intrigued by the beauty of mathematical concepts and their applications in our world? Have you always wanted to understand the elegance of statistical reasoning and its relevance to societal development and needs? Majoring in Statistics within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics will teach you to seek the answers to problems through abstract analysis and rational thinking. You will explore how the study of statistics shapes our surroundings and how theoretical models can help explain everyday changes.

Career Options in Statistics

This list is not exhaustive but provides an idea of the options graduates have and what they have gone on to do. Some options are more directly associated with a Statistics degree than others.

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Architect
  • Artificial Intelligence Designer
  • Auditor
  • Author
  • Automotive Designer
  • Biostatistician
  • Biotechnologist
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Code Designer
  • Computational Physicist
  • Computer Engineer
  • Cost Estimator/Analyst
  • Credit Analyst
  • Database Developer
  • Economist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Flight Engineer
  • Health Policy Planner
  • Information Technologist
  • Investment Banker
  • Logistics Specialist
  • Materials Researcher
  • Mathematical Statistician
  • Meteorological Technician
  • Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Research and Development
  • Risk Management Analyst
  • Software Designer
  • Statistician
  • Video Game Developer
  • Web Page Developer

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.

Skills Developed through a Statistics Degree

A background in Statistics ensures that you develop the skills and mindset to tackle many different professional challenges.

Core Skills

  • An understanding of statistics and mathematics and the applications of these disciplines in various capacities from societal and cultural issues to computer engineering
    • An ability to apply statistical models to interpret and predict real-world phenomena, formulate and test hypotheses and carry out complex quantitative analysis
    • The capability to think rationally and abstractly to solve problems by collecting various types of data, assessing them, analyzing them and incorporating statistical analysis to arrive at a solution

Communication, Data Gathering and Organizational Skills

  • Deduction of information from various sources and the ability to concentrate on relevant resources
  • The ability to organize, understand and analyze sources of information and to apply novel forms of technology or new information to different professional settings and tasks
  • The capacity to critically analyze problems, think creatively and make sound decisions while considering different sides of an argument
  • The ability to explain complex ideas clearly to others and to apply complex theoretical concepts to everyday practice and professional dilemmas
  • The skills to collect various types of information, assess them, analyze and incorporate potential linkages from different fields, put them into writing and efficiently convey your message and the goal of your work

Management and Teamwork

  • The capacity to lead and interact with a variety of people with different approaches and personal and professional backgrounds
  • Skills enabling you to work effectively in group situations, partaking in decision-making, leading and contributing in various capacities to the ultimate success of the team and task
  • The ability to debate, persuade, mediate and present your thoughts and opinions to others, as well as the capacity to recognize and incorporate other potential solutions or applications to given problems
  • The capability to identify priorities and proper courses of action, to plan the execution of tasks and to determine and delegate responsibilities to group members to most effectively carry out projects

Professional Associations and Organizations

Knowing the industry and how to excel in it after receiving a degree are key elements of future success. University study sets up the building blocks you will need to develop and enhance your understanding and knowledge in your career. Being part of a professional organization or network and gaining further insight through training are excellent ways of increasing your knowledge of the field.