Bachelor of Science (Statistics)Career
As a statistician you will gather, process, analyse and interpret data in industries as diverse as health care, finance, teaching, government, environmental management and scientific research.
This is a fast growing profession and there is a chronic undersupply of statistics graduates. The Australian Government forecasts strong increase in demand for statisticians in the foreseeable future.
In 2016, LinkedIn ranked the number one skill sought after among Australian employers as being statistical analysis and data mining.
Statisticians apply problem-solving and data analysis skills to fields including:
- banking and finance (maximising profit and minimising risk)
- medical research (treatment and drug efficacy)
- environmental modelling (resources, biodiversity, weather and climate)
- marketing (market segmentation and clustering)
A wide variety of companies rely on statistics for reporting, data modelling and forecasting operational results.
This program is for you if you're interested in:
- solving problems through data analysis
- predicting future trends in the environment, economy and finance
- sports statistics
- the practical application of mathematics and statistics theory
Statisticians must know more than statistics. A statistician who works in medicine or in a manufacturing plant or in market research must also learn enough about medicine or engineering or marketing to understand the data in their setting.
Graduates work in sports statistics at:
- the AIS Australian Institute of Sport
- the Australian Football League (AFL)
Graduates also work in the public service for organisations including:
- Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
- Bureau of Meteorology and Australia Post
They also enter many banking and finance careers.
During third year you'll undertake a project that's linked to industry and the real problems you'll face in the workforce.
Students have worked on industry projects in organisations including VicRoads, Victorian Institute of Sport (Melbourne Vixens), Badminton Australia, Bureau of Meteorology, Australian Bureau of Statistics, National Australia Bank, Dairy Innovation Australia, Deloitte Australia, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Crown Melbourne Limited, Red Cross Blood Bank, The Smith Family, and Biarri Commercial Mathematics, to name just a few.