CMU Career Services provides guidance on the journey toward your career as a statistician or data analyst. When it comes to landing an internship or job, Career Services is your first stop for resume writing tips, mock interviews, consultations and advice.

At career fairs on campus you'll meet employers ready to hire CMU interns and graduates. Come prepared with your resume and meet dozens of employers in one afternoon.

Statistics has the highest growth rate among all STEM disciplines. It is projected to have a 34% increase in job growth by 2024 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Graduates of CMU's statistics program will find a variety of career options in business, industry, government and more. Although statisticians work mostly in offices, they may travel to oversee a survey design, plan implementation or to collect data.

Below is a list of potential careers, median salary over the course of the career and projected job growth.
  • Job | Median Pay | Job Growth through 2026
  • Statistician | $81,950 per year | 33% (13,300 more jobs)
  • Auditor | $68,150 per year | 10% (140,300 more jobs)
  • Survey Researcher | $54,470 per year | 1% (100 more jobs)

Also be sure to explore the following actuarial science internet resources:

Important Professional Organizations for Statistics

American Statistical Association
The American Statistical Association (ASA) is the largest professional organization to promote the practice and profession of Statistics.

International Statistical Institute
The International Statistical Institute (ISI) is a professional association of statisticians. It was founded in 1885. The ISI supports and promotes the understanding, development and good practice of statistics worldwide.

The International Biometric Society
The International Biometric Society is an international society promoting the development and application of statistical and mathematical theory and methods in the biosciences.
Most Actuaries work full time in an office setting, but actuaries who work as consultants may frequently travel to meet clients. Actuaries often develop, price and evaluate a variety of insurance products and calculate the costs of new risks.


Below is a list of potential careers, median salary over the course of the career and projected job growth.

  • Job | Median Pay | Job Growth through 2026
  • Actuary | $101,560 per year | 22% (5,300 more jobs)
  • Financial Analyst | $84,300 per year | 11% (32,200 more jobs)
  • Financial Manager | $125,080 per year | 19% (108,600 more jobs)
Also be sure to explore the following actuarial science internet resources:

Important Actuarial Professional Organizations

The Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS)
The Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) is a leading international organization for credentialing and professional education. Founded in 1914, the CAS is the world’s only actuarial organization focused exclusively on property and casualty risks and serves over 8,000 members worldwide.

The Society of Actuary
The Society of Actuaries (SOA) traces its roots to the Actuarial Society of America. It was formed by a select group of chief actuaries at established life insurance companies. The SOA evaluates the universities and Colleges with Actuarial Programs (UCAP) in three levels of recognitions as UCAP –Introductory Curriculum (UCAP-IC): offers at least two SOA exams; UCAP-Advanced Curriculum (UCAP-AC): offers at least four SOA exams; and Centers of Actuarial Excellence (CAE). The Actuarial Science program in the Department of Statistics, Actuarial and Data Sciences is recognized as an UCAP-AC program.