Why study Statistics?

A World Of Opportunity

Good at math and computing? Fascinated by data? Interested in solving problems in a variety of different fields? If you answered yes to these questions, then statistics may be the career choice for you. Today we are literally drowning in data. In organizations and institutions around the world, managers, executives, analysts, clinicians, and academics are finding themselves faced with unprecedented torrents of data. Moreover, they are also facing increased complexity and uncertainty and increased pressure to glean meaningful information from their data. Which discipline are these individuals turning to for answers, insight, and leadership? You guessed it. Statistics.

Your Dream Job

Statistician, and more broadly, data scientist, is being touted in the press as the dream job of the 21st century. consistently ranks statistician among the top careers when considering work environment, physical demands, job outlook, income levels, and stress. Within the next 10 years, industries across North America are projecting significant shortages in the supply of qualified graduates able to collect, store, parse, analyze, and communicate the information hidden within data sets. Moreover, around the world, large companies are already looking to stockpile statisticians: people who have the talent to analyze data and the ability to tell powerful stories based on their findings. 

We Can Equip You             

You, as a graduate of our program, will be equipped with the skills and abilities to enter the job market and flourish. In fact, many of our undergraduate statistics graduate have been doing just that, moving into a variety of important jobs with titles such as

Statistical analyst, data analyst, data scientist, statistical consultant, database analyst, statistical programmer.

You might be involved in work for the pharmaceutical, gaming, financial, market research, or computer software industries. 

Statistics … Changing The World

Over the next 10 years, statistics is going to change the way that organizations think, plan, act, and inspire. In our programs, you will be exposed to methods that will help you understand data and also answer tough questions in both academic and industry settings. If you want to help lead the data revolution in organizations around the world, then you can be confident that your life as a statistician will be filled with excitement, possibility, challenge, change, and reward.

Learn More

Visit This is Statistics, a website created by the American Statistical Association to explain the role of statistics in industry and research and to shed light on a diverse array of careers that involve statistics.

See the SFU Calendar and information for current students for details about Statistics programs and courses.