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Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

Work experience

Work experience gives you the opportunity to put your statistics knowledge into practice in real-life situations. Statistics-related work placements are available across a variety of government departments. For example, you could apply for a 12-month placement with the Office for National Statistics, the UK's largest independent producer of statistics.

You can also develop your skills in statistics through work placements and internships, in sectors such as:

  • banking
  • financial services
  • market research
  • operational research.

It's also useful to join the Young Statisticians' section of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS). This provides useful opportunities to network and learn about a career in statistics.

Any type of work experience or voluntary work can be useful for developing your communication, problem-solving and team working skills. Many universities will have opportunities to volunteer or work with local organisations and charities.

Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.

Typical employers

The main employer of statisticians is the government. Statisticians work across most UK government departments, and jobs are advertised via the Government Statistical Service (GSS). The government's Civil Service Fast Stream (statistics scheme) is a useful route into statistics for graduates.

Your knowledge and skills are also highly sought after by a range of other employers, including:

  • financial and banking companies
  • insurance and accountancy firms
  • the NHS and private health companies
  • market research organisations
  • not-for-profit organisations and think tanks
  • pharmaceutical industries
  • transport companies
  • universities and other education bodies.

You can find information on employers in accountancy, banking and finance, business, consulting and management, public services and administration and other job sectors.

Skills for your CV

A degree in statistics equips you with strong data analysis and manipulation skills. You have the opportunity to complete data collection and numerical measurements, undertake project work and give presentations, which develop both your subject specific and more general skills.

You develop key skills in:

  • analytical research methods
  • drawing conclusions and recommendations from data
  • identifying and working with patterns in data
  • problem solving and logical thinking
  • understanding abstract mathematical concepts.

You also develop more general skills that all employers expect, including:

  • communication
  • information management
  • organisation and planning
  • teamwork
  • time management.

Further study

Many statistician jobs require a Masters or postgraduate degree. Options at postgraduate level include:

  • statistics and data mining
  • medical statistics
  • applied statistics.

Masters courses in statistics accredited by the Royal Statistical Society allow you to apply for the professional grade of Graduate Statistician (GradStat).

A PhD is essential for a career in academia. If you're considering a career as a pharmaceutical statistician, many employers will expect an MSc or PhD.

Professional short courses are also available for statistical software packages such as SAS, SPSS, Stata and Minitab.

For a career in the financial sector, you'll usually need to do further study for professional qualifications. These are often achieved part time as part of your employment. Chartership and/or professional accreditation are available in areas such as accountancy, banking, insurance and actuarial work, and are vital for career development.

For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search for postgraduate courses in statistics.

What do statistics graduates do?

Two thirds of statistics graduates were employed in the UK six months after graduation. The top three occupations for these graduates are actuaries, finance and investment analysts and advisors and business professionals.

DestinationPercentage
Employed66.8
Further study17.3
Working and studying6.8
Unemployed4.9
Other4.2
Graduate destinations for statistics
Type of workPercentage
Business, HR and financial55.1
Information technology8.4
Retail, catering and bar work6.3
Secretarial and numerical clerks5.7
Other24.5
Types of work entered in the UK

For a detailed breakdown of what statistics graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What do graduates do?

Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.