A GUIDE TO THE ROLE OF STATISTICIANS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS STUDYING MATHS IN THE US

Maths is a frequently chosen subject at degree level and is popular with students in younger years as well. It’s stereotypically known for being a subject traditionally challenging, but with hard work, it’s a realistic subject if you want it to be. Many people don’t really know what careers there are associated with this degree, and while it is certainly not impossible to branch out into sectors unrelated to your degree, maths has several lucrative career paths if you choose to do it at university.

Some of these jobs could be in research, software engineering or statistics. Mostly, however, mathematicians are popular candidates for employers as they gain highly sought-after skills that make them well suited to almost any problem-solving job. This makes it well worth considering and learning more about maths at the degree level. This article will be focused on statisticians, their earning potential, and the recommended employers to help you get there after your degree.

STATISTICIAN – IS IT FOR ME?

Statisticians are those who work with data and find solutions to complex issues. This role is more suited to you if you’re interested in IT and computer science as they collect, evaluate and present all sorts of quantitative data. Moreover, this isn’t a very well-known job, and you may not have even heard about it or considered it as a career. But in fact, you can be a statistician and work in a variety of different sectors! For example, the education, financial, health, government, and environmental sectors all need people to gather data and more importantly interpret them to use in a beneficial manner.  

This like the others is a position that is very maths oriented, so you will have to not only design surveys and methods of collecting data but analyse it effectively to seek out patterns and relevant trends. This will then form the basis of crucial decisions that your work will advise people on. As you can imagine, strong communication skills are required since you’ll be working in a team frequently and sharing your results with other colleagues. 

Some of the responsibilities you will have as a statistician are liaising with clients regarding data collection, analysing data, presenting findings, carrying out research, as well as taking care to consider the ethical or legal elements that relate to your work. 

ULTIMATE EARNING POTENTIAL FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN THE US

Position in Career  Associated Salary (US)  
Assistant  
Assistant statisticians or statistical officers typically need to have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in maths or another relevant degree with a statistical component, as well as a master’s degree.  
$55,000 
Qualified Statistician 
Fully qualified statisticians will then be able to start work and work alongside other scientists, engineers, and experts. 
$78,000 
Experienced Statistician 
Experienced statisticians also have further postgraduate qualifications in statistics. Don’t worry if you don’t have that at first – any degree with a statistical component will be acceptable, such as economics, psychology, maths or geography.  
$117,000 

TOP 10 EMPLOYERS

  1. US Veterans Health Administration 
  2. UCLA Health 
  3. US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 
  4. US Geological Survey 
  5. US Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 
  6. US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 
  7. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 
  8. US Bureau of Labor Statistics 
  9. Harvard University 
  10. Akerman LLP 

In conclusion, as a maths graduate your options are never going to be limited – whatever path you decide to pursue, and you now know that there are multiple ways of finding a job. Whether you want to teach maths in another country or work in a global organisation abroad, international graduates and regular ones have many opportunities ahead of them. Most employers in this sector accept employees from all areas, so don’t allow your degree to restrict your view for the future. With a little perseverance, you’ll no doubt reach your goal and dream career as a new graduate.  


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