Quantitatively oriented students are encouraged to major in Statistics, where they can apply your math skills to solve real-world problems and help affect important decisions. Alternately, students are encouraged to minor in either Statistics or Biostatistics to distinguish themselves especially in medical school applications and careers in psychology.
All students are encouraged to consider studies in Actuarial Science. We also have a certificate program (equivalent to a minor in Statistics) for working individuals and for recent (or not-so-recent) graduates considering a career change into the field of Statistics. Finally, don't forget to consider our M.S. in Applied Statistics degree program (explained below).
There are currently more jobs for applied statisticians than there are qualified people to take these jobs. Since applied statisticians use their statistical modeling tools to help decision-makers and medical researchers reach meaningful decisions, they are in tremendous demand. Since Chicago has a large void in programs in applied statistics, Loyola University Chicago has recently launched a M.S. in Applied Statistics program, and we encourage qualified applicants to apply now.
Check out these links and the suggestions below.
- Links at ASA (American Statistical Association)
- Statistics jobs listed at UFL
- Jobs listed at BIOSTAT.ORG website
- Jobs listed at ASA website
- More jobs at DataShaping.com
- Brochure from AMS (American Mathematical Society) (PDF)
Some advice to M.S. and B.S. Statistics students and recent graduates
Students and graduates would be wise to e-mail resumes to area businesses (Allstate, Sears, CNA, AC Nielsen), area and otherwise Pharma companies (Abbott, Tap, Takeda are in Chicagoland), universities (UIC, Northwestern, U. Chicago, Rush, etc.), and so on.
Also, a good strategy is to work as a Summer Intern if possible. Most of these and other organizations have internship programs in Statistics, but be sure to apply early.
Jobs can also be found at Biotech companies (Chiron, Genentech, Amgen, etc.).
Entry-level jobs can often be obtained by working for a CRO (Contract Research Organization). A Google search on "CRO biostatistics" turned up 100,000 hits!
Don't forget the Mayo Clinic, City of Hope, etc. Be creative in your job search!