Become a statistician

Find out how to become a statistician with a math major and enjoy a rewarding career.

Introduction to the field:

Statistician use their math background to a great extent to collect, study, and analyze data.

They decide where and how to gather the data. They must determine the type and size of a sample to be studied.

They will then, develop a reporting form. Finally, they will implement a plan and conduct surveys and research.

The challenge:

Keep in mind that it is not enough just to be good to succeed in this field.

It is important also to have good communication skills, good understanding of business and the economy, and the ability to explain everything to those who do not know much in that field.

These skills will make you very attractive to any industry. If you have only a bachelor's degree, and you find job in engineering, economy, biology, you may not be called with the title.

To have the title, you will need a strong background in mathematics, engineering, or computer science. Furthermore, if you are that qualified, you will have a great chance to work for the government.

Getting the job:

Employers are mostly looking for folks with an advanced degree in mathematics or statistics. However, you can get the job with a bachelors in math provided that you have taken many statistics courses.

If you want to work for the government, you will need to fulfill strict requirements.

I once tried to become a statistician. I believe they asked for a minimum of at least 2 courses or 6 semester hours in statistics and 3 other courses or 9 semester hours in mathematics as far as I can remember.

A solid knowledge of business and management will make you look very attractive.

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