Statistics is about the collection, analysis and interpretation of data in a variety of applications.

Studying in this area includes learning about probability theory and sampling and how to draw statistical inferences from data.

Statistics is also about learning how to use statistics software packages, including being able to interpret their results.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

Probability theory started to develop in the 16th and 17th Centuries from people studying games of chance involving gambling (betting on ex ante uncertain outcomes).

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Statistician
  • Econometrician
  • Biostatistician
  • Business statistician
  • Actuary
  • Data miner
  • Statistical consultant
  • Demographer
  • Insurance industry analyst
  • Market researcher
  • Public policy analyst
  • Statistics teacher
  • Maths teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


146% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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