The Department of Statistical Science places a very high emphasis on career and professional development. We collaborate closely with the Duke Career Center and offer in-house assistance with resume writing, interview, communication, and presentation skills. Additionally, potential employers and alumni specifically visit the department to offer information sessions, networking opportunities and recruitment activities. 

We support broad engagement with the campus community through data dialogues, invited industry discussions, data fest competition, and other projects to allow our students to explore the world of statistics and data science and understand the challenges associated with translating data into application. 

Our students can follow diverse career paths including Research/PhD at well renowned universities or working with the industry, government or non-government organizations in various job roles. 

Placement Statistics for 2018 Graduates:

  • Accepted into PhD Programs (5 graduates):
    • Duke University, Decision Science
    • Florida State University, Statistics
    • Harvard University, BioStatistics
    • Stanford University, Geological Science
    • University of Pittsburgh, Statistics
  • Placement in the Industry by graduation (86% of those seeking jobs, 100% reported):
    • Average Annual Base Salary: $96,000 (Range of $75,000 to $140,000)
    • Median Annual Base Salary: $90,000
    • Average Annual Total Compensation (including bonus): $113,000
    • Employer Type: 
Job industry placement
  • Employers that made at least one offer (2018):
    • Tibco, Chapel Hill, NC
    • Bank of Ozarks, Little Rock, AR
    • Deloitte Consulting, Shanghai, China
    • Wayfair, Boston, MA
    • Plymouth Rock, New Jersey, NJ
    • Sams Technology (Walmart Inc.), Austin, TX
    • Thumbtack, San Francisco, CA
    • Civis Analytics, Chicago, IL
    • Quantum Black, Boston, MA
    • VF Corporation, Greensboro, NC
    • Indeed, Austin, TX (and Seattle, WA)
    • Descartes Labs, San Francisco, CA
    • Akamai Technologies, Santa Clara, CA
    • Agari Data, Inc., San Francisco, CA
    • Infinia, Durham, NC
    • HiFidelity Genetics, Durham, NC
    • Wells Fargo, Charlotte, NC
    • QuaEra Insights, Newport, NJ
    • Protective Life, Birmingham, AL
  • Type of Job Positions (2018): 
    • Data Scientist
    • Risk Analyst
    • Product/ Business Analyst
    • Statistician/ Statistical Analyst
    • Engineer