What can I do with a degree in Statistics?

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Statistics is a rapidly advancing science with many avenues open for study and work. These range from statistical theory to its application in biology, medicine, the social sciences, engineering, physics and economics. In fact, there are few disciplines that do not use statistics in some form. Statistics can be used to answer some very important scientific, social and commercial questions. The challenge in statistics is to use appropriate logic, apply the correct analysis procedure and interpret the results accurately.

All students benefit from taking an introductory course in Statistics because it is used in so many subjects, including Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Biological Sciences and Management.

Statistics graduates develop a valuable set of skills
that includes:

  • Logical and quantitative thinking
  • Critical evaluation
  • Practical application of statistics in problem solving
  • Numerical confidence
  • Computing skills
  • Collection and analysis of data
  • Interpretive and analytical thinking
  • Ability to deal with abstract concepts.

Opportunities to apply your learning outside the classroom are available in this subject, through internships and consulting projects. These experiences deepen your skillset, awareness of others, working knowledge, and employability

While many are employed by Statistics New Zealand, graduates enjoy a wide variety of destinations. For example, in Aotearoa New Zealand Statistics alumni have been hired by:

  • Government bodies eg, Statistics New Zealand, The Treasury, Ministry of Justice, Productivity Commission, Gisborne District Council
  • Market research eg, Buzz Channel, Research First, Nielsen, Colmar Brunton
  • Data science eg, Harmonics Analytics, Plexure
  • Transport and tourism eg, Air New Zealand, Parking and Traffic Management Solutions, Tourism New Zealand, AA
  • Health eg, HealthAlliance, Compass Health, Waitemata District Health Board, Ryman Healthcare
  • Not-for-profits eg, World Vision NZ, Givealittle, Pasifika Futures
  • Financial and professional services eg, EY, NZX Limited, KPMG, Optiver Australia, IMC Financial Markets, FNZ, Mercer, KVB Kunlan, Accenture
  • Software and technology eg, Xero, Atlassian, Orion Health, Tenzing Management and Technology Consultants, Fulcrum
  • Banking sector eg, ANZ, BNZ, Westpac, Heartland Bank
  • Manufacturing eg, Ford Motor Company, Tegel, Fonterra
  • Research eg, ForwardHQ, Landcare Research, Plant and Food Research
  • Insurance eg, Suncorp Group, IAG, AA Insurance, Sovereign
  • Education eg, New Zealand Institute of Studies, University of Auckland.

Graduates with this degree are employed in a range of jobs - see some examples below.

Note: Some of the jobs listed may require postgraduate study. See the 'Further study' section.

Sports coach

  • Assesses strengths and weaknesses of a person or group and identifies areas for development
  • Provides training advice to optimise physical and psychological performance
  • Inspires confidence, self-belief, discipline, teamwork and trust

Coach educator

  • Plans and provides coach education programmes
  • Fosters wider participation and improves standards within a sport or recreation sector
  • Mentors and develops coaches to progress

Strength and conditioning coach, sport nutritionist

  • Develops goals and fitness strength plans with athletes and coaches
  • Provides lifestyle and diet advice to athletes, teams and coaches at all sporting levels
  • Works with coaches, athletes or clients during training to enhance nutrition and performance

Performance / technology analyst

  • Analyses skill performance in team and individual settings
  • Gathers and assesses data
  • Supports and advises coaches and athletes School sports director / coordinator
  • Develops and manages school sport and fitness programmes
  • Promotes high participation
  • Recognises progress and achievement

Personal trainer, fitness instructor

  • Helps people to improve their fitness
  • Explains and demonstrates exercises, weight training or class routines
  • Designs programmes to achieve personal goals

Community sports development, regional education manager

  • Grows participation of players, coaches, officials and administrators
  • Designs and delivers skill development programmes and workshops
  • Provides professional development opportunities for coaches and umpires

Whānau Ora coordinator

  • Plans and implements activities in the Whānau Ora context eg, at a kaupapa Māori provider
  • Places whānau at the centre of the programme
  • Integrates sport into a framework of values or customs, and with other services such as education and health

Entrepreneur and CEO

  • Develops an idea to form their own business
  • Offers freelance or consultancy services

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As they progress, students and graduates often join professional bodies or organisations relevant to their area of interest. These organisations can provide regular communications and offer the chance to network with others.

Social media networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can provide avenues to keep upto-date with industry knowledge, networking opportunities, events and job vacancies.

Learn from our students' experiences

For more information

see the Statistics subject page