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Business Statistics

581 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
1,809 Master's Degrees Annually
#49 in Popularity
$87,140 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Business Statistics Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many business statistics graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 1,809
Bachelor’s Degree 581
Graduate Certificate 400
Basic Certificate 29
Undergraduate Certificate 6
Doctor’s Degree 5

What Business Statistics Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to business statistics and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Business Statistics Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills for Business Statistics Majors

A major in business statistics prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.

Abilities for Business Statistics Majors

A major in business statistics will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Business Statistics Major?

People with a business statistics degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Statisticians 33.9% $87,780

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Statistics?

581 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
35% Percent Women
21% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 65% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of business statistics majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Business Statistics Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 58
Black or African American 22
Hispanic or Latino 31
White 328
International Students 103
Other Races/Ethnicities 39

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Business Statistics. About 17.7% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Business Statistics Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Business Statistics majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $63,240 to $92,600 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Business Statistics Major  ( 63240 to 92600 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some degrees associated with business statistics may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for business statistics careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Bachelor’s Degree 16.4%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 1.2%
Master’s Degree 39.4%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.9%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.2%
Doctoral Degree 38.7%
Post-Doctoral Training 4.5%

Online Business Statistics Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 87 schools offered some type of business statistics program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 6 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 1 1
Bachelor’s Degree 18 4
Post-Baccalaureate 6 0
Master’s Degree 48 13
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Business Statistics Worth It?

The median salary for a business statistics grad is $87,140 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 118% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $944,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to business statistics.

Major Number of Grads
Management Science 11,422
Other Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 7,354
Actuarial Science 2,132

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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