Statisticians design experiments, analyze data and interpret results. The National Science Foundation estimates that the demand for statisticians will exceed the number of graduates for at least the next 10 years.
Western Michigan University's statistics program integrates mathematics and statistics coursework while emphasizing computer applications. Graduates apply their knowledge of statistical methods to a variety of subject areas including biology, economics, engineering, medicine, public health, psychology, marketing, education and sports. Many economic, social, political and military decisions cannot be made without statistical techniques, such as the design of experiments to gain federal government approval of a newly manufactured drug.
If you choose to major in statistics at WMU, you will be strongly encouraged to develop skills in another area. This will provide a field of application for your statistical knowledge and enhance employment prospects.
WMU also offers a special program combining a minor in industrial engineering with a major in statistics.
As a statistics student at WMU, you will be encouraged to participate in conferences and attend special events on and off campus to gain experience, learn from industry experts, and expand your professional network. You may also consider taking part in extra-curricular activities that complement your interests in statistics instead of echoing them. This will enhance your skill set and make you more marketable professionally. If you anticipate working in an engineering-related field, consider joining one of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences' 25 student organizations. If you plan to do some type of market research, try the WMU Advertising Club, Sales and Business Marketing Club, WMU Marketing Association or Global Business Association.
Recent WMU graduates with degrees in statistics are working as:
- Credit investment managers
- Data control administrators
- Database managers
- Estate planners
- Financial auditors or consultants
- Insurance specialists
- Inventory control specialists
- Investment bankers
- Media buyers
- Medical team analysts
- Mortgage researchers
- Operations research analysts
- Production managers
- Public health statisticians
- Quality assurance analysts
- Research analysts
Among the organizations they work for are:
- Financial companies
- Medical companies
- Government agencies