Statistician at a Glance

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Best States for Statistician

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Maryland 3,140 $93,700 $45
Massachusetts 1,690 $94,040 $45
District of Columbia 830 $103,160 $50

Becoming a Statistician

Many schools offer both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in statistics, but statisticians typically hold a master's degree in statistics, mathematics, or another related subject. To be eligible for a graduate program in statistics, candidates will need a strong background in mathematics. Research and academic statistician positions require a Ph.D.

Many schools offer master's degree programs in statistics entirely online. A sampling of classes you may take in a statistics program, drawn from course listings for Penn State's online master of applied statistics program, include the following:

  • Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
  • Analysis of Variance and Design of Experiments
  • Analysis of Discrete Data
  • Sampling Theory and Methods

Since statisticians are employed in a variety of industries, additional coursework in and experience with subjects such as computer science or engineering or biology can help with career opportunities and advancement. A background in computer science will help statisticians who use and write computer programs. For work in the pharmaceutical or agricultural industry, statisticians with a background in biology, chemistry, or health science can be useful.