What Can I Do with a Major in Data Science and Statistics?

The study of Data Science and Statistics emphasizes careful problem analysis, precision of thought and expression, and the mathematical skills needed for work in many other areas. Mathematicians and statisticians are interested both in the theory and the applications within their disciplines. Applied mathematicians and statisticians use tools growing out of calculus, computing, statistics, and operations research to solve problems in science, industry, government, and other areas.

Data Science and Statistics majors*:

  • formulate problems
  • conduct formal analysis of abstract representations of complex systems
  • use deductive reasoning
  • conduct critical review of quantitative arguments

Statisticians may work in highly technical areas such as computer programming, or they may work in economics (as statistical analysts), in operations research, in insurance (as actuaries), or in any other field requiring sophisticated analytical skills. Some of these fields include sciences such as astronomy, chemistry, physics, engineering, biology, oceanography, meteorology, and ecology, or fields as diverse as linguistics, law, or business.

Miami Data Science and Statistics graduates have been very successful in obtaining employment in such areas as statistics, computing and information systems, and operations research. Those who go on to graduate school find their bachelor's degree is an excellent base to pursue a master's or doctoral degree in mathematics, statistics, operations research, or other fields such as business administration, computer engineering, computer science, economics, law, or medicine.

Career options for Data Science and Statistics graduates include**:

  • actuary
  • benefits consultant
  • financial analyst
  • market researcher
  • systems engineer
  • numerical analyst

Additional Resources

*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Data Science and Statistics majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Data Science and Statistics majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.