Department of Statistics

Career planning

Find out about the things you can do to make yourself more valuable to employers.

How does studying statistics help my career prospects?

A degree (or conjoint degree) in statistics or a second major or minor in statistics assures prospective employers that you have good quantitative problem solving skills. These skills are in high demand throughout the world. There are excellent career prospects for graduates who combine a major in statistics with other subjects in business, science or arts.

To develop a career as a statistician or medical statistician you should plan to study for a postgraduate qualification in statistics or medical statistics.


Tips from employers

“It doesn’t matter what career you’re interested in – you need to look and act like someone an employer wants to hire. It might sound old-fashioned, but it’s important for aspiring job candidates to demonstrate personality, presentation, passion and perseverance. The people who build and run successful business tend to have these attributes, and they want to hire people with them, too.” Jim Donovan (Fronde CEO and Tertiary Education Commission board member)

More tips:

  • Get a part-time job related to what you are studying.
  • Know what you want. Seek guidance from professionals, mentors, and respected people in the sector.
  • Put a plan in place and pursue it relentlessly. Challenge/hassle recruitment agencies to help you.
  • Large employers tend to recruit directly. Check out their websites or large online job portals.
  • Show that you have an ability to work well with others. At interviews talk about group work projects and how you felt about the dynamics of the group environment.
  • The job market is tough when you're first starting out, so do yourself a favour and equip yourself with good grades.
  • Don’t be afraid to show breadth of interest in your course planning, a couple of papers in unrelated areas may make you stand out as an interesting person.


Entry-level graduate positions can start between $35,000 and $50,000. You can easily find up-to-date salary information on the internet. Most large recruitment firms do salary surveys which they publish online, some are extremely detailed. They can also provide you with overviews of the state the industry and the demand for particular skills.


What kind of job can I get?

In this data-rich world, statistical skills are vital to an increasing range of businesses. Find out more about this on Careers.


Career Development and Employment Services

Career Development and Employment Services is located in Room 001 of The ClockTower, 22 Princes Street, and at the Tamaki Campus.

More information is available from the Career Development and Employment Services website.

For job vacancies, information on current graduate career opportunities and employer presentations on campus visit the Auckland CareerHub website.