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Program Overview

Explore how statistics can lead to better decisions under uncertainty. Build problem-solving skills that prepare you for a wide range of in-demand and versatile careers. Explore the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. You’ll be helping transform numbers into actionable insights in nearly every field and industry.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time, Part-Time
Location: On Campus
Program Length: 4 years (major), 1-2 (minor)
Credit Hours: 22 - 51

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Look beyond the numbers for more insightful ways to interpret statistics. Balance the foundation and applications of techniques for quantitative problem solving. You’ll have the opportunity and flexibility to explore a variety of related areas, such as actuarial and data sciences. It’s the holistic education and training you'll need for a broad range of jobs in many different disciplines and industries.

Statisticians use data to make informed decisions. As a statistician, your problem-solving expertise will allow you to make contributions to many areas such as business, industry, government, education and more. The study of statistics includes comprehensive training in thinking, reasoning, computing and problem-solving. These skills will strengthen your education, make you a well-rounded individual and enhance your appeal to employers worldwide.

The statistician employment rate is expected to increase much faster than average at 31 percent from 2021 to 2031 as projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It's rated the 30th best job of all disciplines and No. 10 in Best Business Jobs, according to U.S. & World Reports “2023 Best Job” rankings.

Partnering with the SAS Institute, the world leader in analytics, we prepare you for two SAS professional certificate programs. One is Certified Specialist: SAS Base Programming Certification Exam. The other is Predictive Modeler Professional Certification Exam.

Program Highlights

As a student in the CMU Statistics program, you’ll:

  • Work with renowned faculty in research and teaching.
  • Conduct applied research and present your results at CMU’s Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exhibition.
  • Prepare solid theoretical foundation, statistical applications and computing skills for advanced study.
  • Develop professional contacts through student organizations such as Gamma Iota Sigma Nu and the Statistics and Data Science Club​​.
  • Benefit from a broad-based curriculum expressly designed to strengthen your skills for a career in business, industry, government and more.

Careers & Outcomes

A major in statistics is your ticket to a variety of careers in fields including public health, market analysis, manufacturing industry, environmental study and social science. Statisticians are in high demand in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The employment rate is projected to grow.

Career Projected Salary
Data Engineer $98,860
Financial Quantitative Analyst $73,810
Data Analyst (General) $72,247
Strategic Marketing Analyst $72,119
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