Career Exploration

Career development is a lifelong process of self-discovery, career exploration, gaining meaningful experiences, intentional reflection, and career decision-making and planning. Utilize CLA Career Services staff and resources to help you navigate your career exploration and post-graduation planning process.​


Statistics blends your interests in data collection, tabulation, analysis, and interpretation, allowing you to pursue a number of professional fields. A degree in statistics can help you become a statistician, actuarial scientist, financial analyst, mathematician, and more. The skills you gain in the BA in statistical practice will be immediately applicable as you enter your field, and the skills you gain in the BS in statistical science will prepare you for further graduate studies.

For more information on what you can do with a major in statistics, visit CLA Career Services or explore Handshake, the U of M's exclusive online career database.


What you do outside of the classroom can improve your confidence, enhance your skills, and build your resume. Therefore, we encourage you to seek out real-world experience through research opportunities, community engagement, and internships to help you feel confident in your decision upon graduation. Students may also gain valuable and relevant skills in statistics by studying abroad or joining a student organization.

The School of Statistics has an active undergraduate internship program that partners with private companies, state and local government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to connect students to statistical work opportunities outside of the University. We also host an internship workshop, which instructs students who secure an internship on how to get the most out of their internship opportunity.

For seniors enrolled in Stat 4893W: Consultation and Communication for Statisticians, you will have the chance to meet with departmental alumni practicing statistics in the Twin Cities to better understand what statistical work is like in the real world. 


Prioritize your next steps by building an effective strategy for applying to graduate programs, jobs, and/or service opportunities. You are encouraged to schedule an individual appointment with a CLA career counselor by calling 612-624-7577; explore Handshake, the U of M’s exclusive job and internship search database; and attend upcoming employer and career events and workshops to start building a network.