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Which Industries Employ Statisticians?

Statistics provides the reasoning and methods for producing and understanding data. Statisticians are specialists, but statistics demands they be generalists, too. One advantage of working in statistics is that you can combine your interest with almost any other field in science, technology, or business.

Health and Medicine

Animal Health
Biostatistics
Clinical Trials
Epidemiology
Genetics
Pharmacology
Public Health

Business and Industry

Agriculture
Chemistry
Computer Science
Economics
Engineering
Finance
Insurance
Manufacturing
Marketing
Quality Improvement
Reliability

Government

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Bureau of Justice Statistics
Census
Ecology
Forestry
Government Regulation
Law
National Defense
Population Research
Risk Assessment
Surveys

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Salary Information

The ASA publishes salary reports throughout the year in the Career Resources for Statisticians section of the ASA web site.

Employment Prospects

The demand for statisticians is currently high and growing. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of nonacademic jobs for statisticians is expected to increase through 2016. Furthermore, colleges and universities will be hiring more faculty members in statistics fields. Salaries and opportunities for advancement are competitive and reflect the current demand.