Statistics

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Statistician ranks #1 on the CareerCast list of best jobs! Jobs include "basically any kind of planning for the future. And they can work across most industries." The related job of Actuary ranks in the top 10 on the job list. "Typically, they work for insurance companies ... However, they're increasingly being used for other industries, such as infrastructure." Both are related to sports analytics, one of the fastest-growing fields in the U.S.

About the program

Headshot of Adam ChildersThe statistics concentration prepares students to use quantitative information to answer questions in the social and natural sciences. The concentration has proven to be a strong preparation for graduate school, with recent graduates being accepted and succeeding at the University of Kentucky, Virginia Tech, and the University of Virginia. 

Adam Childers is the winner of the 2018 Dean's Council Exemplary Teaching Award! Link here for more on this honor. Adam is the primary professor in the statistics concentration. He is the fifth member of the department to win the prestigious teaching award.

Why study statistics at Roanoke?

  • Make it real. Statistics students design experiments and analyze data in order to answer real research questions.
  • Be a consultant. Statistics students use the techniques they learn in class to help students from other disciplines interpret their data.
  • Work with experts. Small class size and numerous collaborative research opportunities allow statistics students to get practical experience while working closely with faculty members.

members of the stat crew observing a basketball game with Rooney and working

Firsthand learning opportunities

Faculty encourage students to gain credit for the concentration through research projects and internships.  Learn more.

What's next?

Choose your path. Skills in statistics are applicable to many different lines of work. Roanoke graduates use their expertise to enter a variety of fast growing fields, including industry, insurance and teaching. Others are studying statistics in graduate programs. Learn more. Statistician ranks #3 on the CareerCast list of best jobs! Jobs include "basically any kind of planning for the future. And they can work across most industries." The related job of Actuary ranks #4 on the job list. "Typically, they work for insurance companies ... However, they're increasingly being used for other industries, such as infrastructure."

Program requirements

A concentration in statistics will require five units, including STAT 202, 301, 302 and two additional units chosen from STAT 303, 304, MATH 388 (with approval of the department), STAT 406 (or STAT 405 and STAT 407), or STAT 416.

Contact Information

Trexler Hall
Phone: (540) 375-2013
Fax: (540) 375-2561
Email: bair@roanoke.edu