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Know Your Skills

You’ve already got skills!

While working towards your degree you will develop skills inside and outside the classroom that will attract the attention of employers and help you achieve your future goals. Knowing what your skills are is the first step.

Statistics Skills & Knowledge

Stats Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Provide a core foundation across a broad range of areas of statistics, including probability, mathematical statistics, regression, sampling, multivariate data analysis, experimental design, time series analysis, and computational statistics
  • Learn and implement statistical methods with emphasis on understanding of the methodologies and their limitations
  • Develop analytic and critical thinking skills
  • Synthesize given information and data in order to form clear and logical conclusions
  • Learn how to independently obtain and use the resources necessary for real-world problem solving in various applied fields
  • Learn about and master powerful statistical software tools such as SAS, R and MINITAB
  • Communicate mathematical concepts, research and methodologies to professors and peers in a clear, concise and rigorous manner

Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are a core set of skills and personal attributes that you can develop almost anywhere! They allow you to be adaptable and to succeed in virtually any work or school environment, as well as in everyday life. As a Carleton student, you are already gaining these valuable skills when you study, work at a Co-op or part-time job, volunteer, complete a practicum, join a club or engage in sports, even when doing group projects.

Here is a list of transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers. It was developed according to reports and research produced by provincial and federal governments, think tanks, and professional associations. Scroll through to learn more about People, Research & Planning, Thinking, and Personal Skills and to identify the skills you are developing!

Visit the Statistics website for more resources 

Future Possibilities with a Statistics Degree

There are many paths and possibilities available to you upon graduation. The path that you choose to take with your degree will be influenced by a number of things: your skills, interests and values, the job market, the people you meet and even chance events!  

Here is a sample of the diverse career paths of recent alumni created using data from LinkedIn. You can also check out career paths of Carleton alumni by visiting LinkedIn. Some positions may require additional education, training and experience.   

  • Technical Officer in Federal Government
  • Data Analyst in Federal Government
  • Instructor in Higher Education
  • Senior Analyst in Federal Government
  • Audit Manager in Banking
  • Environmental Coordination in Environmental Services
  • Testing Delivery Manager in Banking
  • Statistical Production Officer in Federal Government
  • Escalation Engineer in IT
  • Implementation Solution Specialist in Analytics
  • Data Integrity Analyst in Healthcare Technology
  • IT Recruiter in Recruiting
  • Statistician in Federal Government
  • Actuarial Consultant in Insurance
  • Credit Risk System Validation Manager in Banking

  • Government Administration
  • Quality Assurance
  • Security
  • Business Analysis
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Underwriting
  • Human Resources
  • Consulting
  • Data Analysis
  • Research
  • Auditing
  • Analytics
  • Policy Analysis
  • Accounting
  • Program Analysis

  • Production and Dissemination Officer
  • System Analyst
  • Functional Analyst
  • Risk and Assurance Consultant
  • Underwriter
  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Statistical Analyst
  • Performance Management Analyst
  • Risk Management Analyst
  • Loss Forecasting Analyst
  • Financial Analyst Consultant
  • Analytics Project Officer
  • Statistics Production Officer
  • Actuarial Consultant
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Statistical Assistant
  • Policy and Quantitative Analyst
  • Statistician

Get Involved, Gain Skills

Getting involved in on- and off-campus activities for pay or as a volunteer helps develop skills, build resumes, construct successful graduate and professional school applications, and will help you to succeed in life after graduation. It will also help you to clarify your interests and strengths.

Within Your Program

Many programs have societies and clubs which provide excellent opportunities for you to get to know your peers and discuss topics related to your degree. Your department may also offer opportunities to get involved in conferences, associations, co-op and practicum placements, events, and research. Your professors are also an invaluable resource.

Visit your department’s office or website to discover events and opportunities for current students.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Co-Curricular Record

The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is an official document of your involvement outside of the classroom.

Search the Co-Curricular Record to find activities that will match your interests and build your employability skills.

Visit the CCR Website 


Step 1 – Connect with Career Services and access numerous resources to:

  • Explore career paths
  • Identify and showcase your skills to increase your employability
  • Strategically look for jobs, volunteer and experiential opportunities

Step 2 – Check out the LinkedIn Students App to:

  • Discover jobs that are a good fit for your degree, see career paths of recent alumni and build your network