Career Opportunities

Job prospects for graduating students remain bright because the demand for well-trained biostatisticians exceeds the current supply. Traditionally, biostatisticians are heavily recruited for jobs in academics, government and various industries.

In academia, PhD graduates may hold faculty positions that involve some combination of methodological research, collaboration with scientific investigators, and teaching. Students with master’s or doctoral degrees may work as research personnel in academic departments or may be employed by major research hospitals and medical institutes, where they would spend much of their time on projects or as part of a multidisciplinary team. Pharmaceutical companies also employ large numbers of biostatisticians, and students interested in drug development might also consider employment with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Other opportunities in government include positions at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Cancer Institute (NCI), and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Other biostatisticians work in software companies or as private consultants.

The Statistics Job Listing contains many current biostatistics job opportunities. BIOS 691 gives students the opportunity to meet key biostatistics personnel in area organizations.


Last updated June 05, 2013