What can I do with a B.S. in Statistics?

Graduates from Iowa State with a B.S. in Statistics usually choose to pursue either employment or graduate school with close to 100% placement within 6 months of graduation.

  • Employment

    A degree in Statistics opens up a broad range of employment opportunities. Statisticians are needed in almost any field and are an essential part of the interdisciplinary team as they plan and design studies, manage and collect data, apply appropriate statistical methods, and interpret and present the results. Our graduates have gone on to work in many areas of statistical application, such as product quality control, engineering, biology, medical and pharmaceutical research, economics, market research, accounting or computer and data processing services at numerous government agencies (e.g. U.S. census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Labor), in business and industry (e.g. Boeing Aircraft, Ford Motor Company, Mid American), at financial institutions such as banks and insurance companies (e.g. Wellmark, US Bank, Principal Financial), or at health care and environmental institutions (e.g. the Mayo Clinic). 

    List of potential employers 

    U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook - Math related careers

  • Graduate School

    Approximately 30% of our graduates choose to enter graduate school to earn a M.S. or Ph.D. in Statistics or another field, such as Biostatistics, Actuarial Science, Mathematics, Financial Mathematics, Economics, Bioengineering, Meteorology, Business, Accounting, Law, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, and Human Development & Family Services.