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A degree in statistic requires students to learn the methods and mathematics used to extrapolate information from data. Students may study statistics at the bachelor or graduate level. Statistics is very mathematics intensive, requiring students to learn various forms of mathematics to develop and utilize statistical models. A bachelor's degree is not necessary to pursue graduate level degrees in statistics, though a math background is required.

A curriculum in statistics may include:

  • Data Analyses
  • Regression
  • Linear and Experimental Models
  • Statistical Methods and Models
  • Probability

A career in statistics will involve the design, implementation and interpretation of statistical models in order to obtain information for specific purpose. This may be performed through the development of surveys, experiments, polls or other methods where the collection of data takes place. The statistician will then examine this data and interpret the results in order to present a conclusion. The use of statisticians in business and government is widespread. Statisticians work with government most agencies in order to determine probabilities and recognize trends. Private companies will utilize statisticians to track trends in markets, compile historical data, determine demographics, and more.

Jobs for statisticians are expected to grow as fast as average over the next decade. Increased growth will come from the need for data analyses for tech companies, increased data efficiency for government agencies, and the need for data to make informed decisions for businesses in general. Additionally, statisticians are heavily used by pharmaceutical companies, particularly to extrapolate data from drug tests to see the effectiveness of new medications.

Statisticians with master or doctoral degrees will be able to consult privately, as well as develop new test model for data collection. Independent researchers are able to propose project ideas, and often work alongside agencies or private firms in order to tackle specific issues. Graduate degrees will also open up teaching opportunities in statistics.

The average pay for statisticians:

  • Federal Government - $95,000
  • Research and Development – $83,000
  • Insurance Companies - $66,000
  • Teachers (all levels) – $65,000
  • State Government - $45,000

Individuals interested in statistics may also be interested in mathematics, demography and population study, or business statistics. 

Top Colleges that Offer Statistics by Number of Graduates

Listed below are the most popular schools in the U.S. that have statistics programs. Schools can be filtered by clicking the drop-down menu below and selecting a state.

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Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY

Columbia University in the City of New York is a private research university in Manhattan, New York. Columbia University is the fifth oldest institute of higher learning in the U.S., founded before the American Revolution, and is an "Ivy League" university. A member of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $47,246
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (212) 854-1754

Programs Offered

  • Math (B,M,D)
  • Applied Mathematics (B,M,D)
  • Statistics (B,M,D)
  • Mathematical Statistics and Probability (B,M,D)

Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University was established in 1869 and stands as the flagship campus of the Purdue University System. About 270 programs are offered at the main campus in West Lafayette together with regional campuses located in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Westville, and Hammond in Indiana....

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,900
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (765) 494-4600

Programs Offered

  • Math (B,M,D)
  • Statistics (B,M,D)

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University is the state university of New Jersey.  It is considered one of the top research universities in the nation with a history of scientific innovation. Based on its faculty's productivity, such as number of books published, grants awarded and cited...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $13,073
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (732) 932-1766

Programs Offered

  • Math (B,M,D)
  • Statistics (B,M,D)

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

Champaign, IL

The University of Illinois at Urbana is the largest and oldest campus in the University of Illinois system and is a public research facility. History The University of Illinois at Urbana was...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $14,522
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (217) 333-1000

Programs Offered

  • Math (B,M,D)
  • Applied Mathematics (B,M,D)
  • Statistics (B,M,D)

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

The University of California, Berkeley has a reputation of excellence, boasting many renowned graduates and faculty members.  In fact, 20 UC Berkeley faculty members have received Nobel awards.  According to a National Research Council analysis, UC Berkeley has at...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,874
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (510) 642-6000

Programs Offered

  • Math (B,M,D)
  • Applied Mathematics (B,M,D)
  • Statistics (B,M,D)

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

Originally established in Detroit in 1817, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is Michigan state's oldest public university. It serves as the main campus for the University of Michigan, with regional campuses located in Dearborn and Flint. There are over 9,000 faculty members in...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,994
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (734) 764-1817

Programs Offered

  • Math (B,M,D)
  • Applied Mathematics (B,M,D)
  • Statistics (B,M,D)

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, NC

North Carolina State University at Raleigh (NC State) is ranked in the top 50 U.S. public universities, and number three in the U.S. among public universities that receive funding for research.  Research is a foundation of the academic culture at NC State, and 70...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,788
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (919) 515-2011

Programs Offered

  • Math (B,M,D)
  • Applied Mathematics (B,M,D)
  • Financial Mathematics (B,M,D)
  • Statistics (B,M,D)

Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA

Pennsylvania State University is located in University Park. It is a state-related, space grant, land grant public research facility. Also known as Penn State, the school has twenty-four campuses in Pennsylvania. University Park is the main and largest...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $16,444
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (814) 865-4700

Programs Offered

  • Math (B,M,D)
  • Statistics (B,M,D)

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University, located in East Lansing, is a public research facility. It was a pioneer land grant institution when it was founded in 1855. Under the Morrill Act of 1862, Michigan State University served as a model for future land grant schools in the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,622
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (517) 355-1855

Programs Offered

  • Math (B,M,D)
  • Applied Mathematics (B,M,D)
  • Computational Mathematics (B,M,D)
  • Statistics (B,M,D)

California State University - East Bay

Hayward, CA

History California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) was founded in 1957 as the State College for Alameda County. Over the following years the school has had many location and name changes. In 1961 the school moved to Hayward...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,309
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (510) 885-3000

Programs Offered

  • Math (B,M)
  • Statistics (B,M)

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Stanford University provides a variety of degree programs for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Stanford, California and operated as a private institution. Stanford University has an annual student enrollment of approximately nineteen...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $42,225
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (650) 723-2300

Programs Offered

  • Math (M,D)
  • Computational and Applied Mathematics (M,D)
  • Financial Mathematics (M,D)
  • Applied Mathematics (M,D)

Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

Ohio State University is the largest single campus university in the US. It is located in Columbus, Ohio and is a public research university. History Ohio State University was established as a...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,037
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (614) 292-6446

Programs Offered

  • Math (M,D)
  • Statistics (M,D)

Iowa State University

Ames, IA

Iowa State University (ISU) is a top ranking university in Ames, Iowa, which is considered one of the best places to live in America. The school's central campus is known for its beauty and historic landmarks, and is notable for its landscape...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,726
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (515) 294-5836

Programs Offered

  • Math (B,M,D)
  • Applied Mathematics (B,M,D)
  • Statistics (B,M,D)

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ

Arizona State University is the largest research university in the US, with four campuses; the Tempe Campus being the original and the largest campus. It is located approximately eight miles from downtown Phoenix, in the heart of Tempe,...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,724
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (480) 965-9011

Programs Offered

  • Math (B,M,D)
  • Mathematics (B,M,D)
  • Applied Mathematics (B,M,D)
  • Computational Mathematics (B,M,D)

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

About The University of California – Los Angeles, located in Los Angeles, California was founded in 1882 as the southern campus of the California State Normal School, originally located in what is now the Downtown Central...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,692
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (310) 825-4321

Programs Offered

  • Math (B,M,D)
  • Mathematics (B,M,D)
  • Applied Mathematics (B,M,D)
  • Computational Mathematics (B,M,D)

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago is a nonprofit private institution located in Chicago, IL and provides a large number of program options for students. Approximately fifteen thousand students enroll at University of Chicago yearly.Here is a list of some of the popular programs University of Chicago...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $45,609
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (773) 702-1234

Programs Offered

  • Math (B,M,D)
  • Applied Mathematics (B,M,D)
  • Statistics (B,M,D)

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is located in St. Paul/Minneapolis and is a public research facility. History Though the University of Minnesota was founded on February 25, 1851, no...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $13,459
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (612) 625-5000

Programs Offered

  • Math (B,M,D)
  • Applied Mathematics (B,M,D)
  • Statistics (B,M,D)

Miami University - Oxford

Oxford, OH

Miami University - Oxford is a public institution located in Oxford, Ohio and provides a large number of degree programs for students. Miami University - Oxford has a yearly student enrollment of approximately seventeen thousand.Students can pick from a few areas of study,...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $13,594
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (513) 529-1809

Programs Offered

  • Math (B,M)
  • Statistics (B,M)

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

The University of Georgia (UGA) is a highly diversified research university located in Athens, Georgia.  There are many international students at UGA, as well as nationals and locals from within the state of Georgia. The UGA offers...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,842
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (706) 542-3000

Programs Offered

  • Math (B,M,D)
  • Statistics (B,M,D)

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida is located in Gainsville, Florida and is one of the three largest single campus universities in the US.  It is one of three research flagship universities within the State University System of Florida and is the most prestigious school of...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,143
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (352) 392-3261

Programs Offered

  • Math (B,M,D)
  • Statistics (B,M,D)

Source: IPEDS Survey 2008-2011: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.