This site is intended to give practical assistance to students and graduates of our MS and BS programs in Statistics. We hope it will also show prospective students something of the diversity and vitality of the job market for statisticians. Your suggestions about content, links, additions, deletions, and so on, are welcomed, especially if you have recently found a job or hired a statistician. Please share your ideas.
We typically list job announcements for our students within the Stat. Majors Organization folder on Blackboard.
General information about the job market in statistics
Current job offerings
CSU East Bay Career Development Center
The student services fee paid by all students helps to support the Career Development Center (CDC). The CDC is available to current students and to graduates in their first quarter following graduation. Other alumni/ae may use these services by paying a modest annual fee.
The CDC provides a spectrum of services, including advice on writing resumes, mock interviews, job fairs and job listings. Explore these resources online. The CDC has access to job listings and tools that may not be available to the general public.
When looking for a job as a statistician, you should take the broadest feasible view of the possibilities.
Position Titles: Sometimes the word statistician appears in the job title, often not. A few recent titles of statistical jobs have been: biostatistician, statistical programmer, quality management engineer, financial analyst, environmental risk analyst, senior data associate, data analyst, strategic planning analyst, data mining specialist, SAS programmer, actuary.
Geography: To find the right job are you willing to go anywhere in the world? The US? California? Or do you need to stay in the Bay Area? Obviously the more territory you include, the better your chances of a perfect fit. Even so, the San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most active and diverse job markets for statisticians.
Contacts: The larger your network, the better your chances. Talk to friends, fellow members of any social/ religious/ political/ service organizations you may belong to, fellow students or employees in your current job, and so on. Attend Statistics Department quarterly parties (lots of networking), meetings of the local Chapter of ASA, local university seminars, annual Joint Statistics Meetings (formal job service), job fairs, and so on. Browse the web sites listed above. Investigate "head hunter" services on the web and otherwise (but be sure to understand who pays for the service and how much).
The purpose of a resume is to get a face-to-face interview. You need to answer the crucial question in the employer's mind: "Why should I hire this person and pay him/her $X thousand a year?" Here are some rough guidelines.
Most of the commercial job-search sites have professional resume services to sell you. Of these, Monster gives an unusual amount of really sound advice before you get to the sales pitch.
Letters of recommendation or phone conversations between the prospective employer and someone who knows you often make the difference between getting a job and not. Here are some guidelines.
It is difficult to make hard and fast rules about interviewing skills because the details depend on your background and personality, on the status and personality of the interviewer, and on the type of job you are seeking. All interviews require careful preparation. Interview skills are best learned by practice.