Many colleges and universities offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in statistics. A bachelor’s degree in statistics is not needed to enter a graduate program, although significant training in mathematics is essential. Required subjects for a bachelor’s degree in statistics include differential and integral calculus, statistical methods, mathematical modeling, and probability theory.

Because statisticians use and write computer programs for many calculations, a strong background in computer science is helpful. Training in engineering or physical science is useful for statisticians working in manufacturing on quality control or productivity improvement. A background in biology, chemistry, or health sciences is useful for work involving testing pharmaceutical or agricultural products.

What are Statisticians like?


Based on our pool of users, statisticians tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Statisticians by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 310 Sokanu users

Are Statisticians happy?


Statisticians rank as moderately happy among careers. Overall they rank in the 53rd percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Statistician Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Statisticians

The most common degree held by statisticians is Statistics And Decision Science. 9% of statisticians had a degree in statistics and decision science before becoming statisticians. That is over 29 times the average across all careers. Mathematics graduates are the second most common among statisticians, representing 6% of statisticians in the Sokanu user base, which is 3.5 times the average.

Statistician Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Statistician, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of statisticians % of population Multiple
Statistics And Decision Science 9.0% 0.3% 28.8×
Mathematics 6.4% 1.8% 3.5×
Economics 4.8% 3.8% 1.3×
Computer Science 2.9% 2.8% 1.0×
Anthropology And Archeology 2.9% 1.2% 2.3×
Psychology 2.9% 6.7% 0.4×
Finance 2.6% 2.0% 1.3×
Business 1.9% 2.3% 0.8×
Applied Mathematics 1.9% 0.4% 5.3×
Sociology 1.9% 2.1% 0.9×
Biology 1.6% 3.5% 0.5×
Business Management And Administration 1.6% 6.5% 0.2×
Chemistry 1.6% 1.0% 1.6×
Political Science 1.6% 2.9% 0.6×
Environmental Science 1.3% 1.0% 1.2×
Genetics 1.3% 0.1% 13.3×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 1.3% 1.6% 0.8×

Statistician Education Levels

48% of statisticians have a master's degree. 28% of statisticians have a bachelor's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 0%
Associate's degree 0%
Bachelor's degree 28%
Master's degree 48%
Doctorate degree 24%

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