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Job Prospects

Job Prospects... At a glance

Job prospects for statisticians are average. Employment numbers are projected to rise, and experienced statisticians are in high demand, but there are few entry-level openings for new graduates. Statisticians have very high incomes.

How to become a statistician

What they do

Statisticians use statistical methods to analyse and report information for a range of purposes, often to do with identifying trends and changes that can help improve decision-making for the future. They work for a range of organisations, mostly in the government or business sectors. 

Their tasks may include:

  • formulating mathematical models to simulate processes
  • applying models to experimental observations, and adjusting and recasting the models
  • using numerical analysis methods to develop algorithms and perform computations
  • liaising with management and clients to determine the subject or area to be surveyed or examined
  • specifying the data to be collected, and the methodology to be used in collection and analysis
  • evaluating and describing the reliability and utility of source information
  • analysing and interpreting data, and producing relevant statistics to describe and infer particular trends and patterns.


To become a statistician, you usually need at least a bachelor’s degree in a subject with a large quantitative component, such as statistics, mathematics or econometrics. Many statisticians also have postgraduate degrees and it is not uncommon for them to have degrees in another subject as well.

In order to work in the related occupation actuary, you also need to pass exams set by the UK Institute of Actuaries.

UK Institute of Actuaries:

Cost of study

Bachelor of Science
$20,400 over three years


Average costs in 2018 for a domestic student. Costs vary between institutions. First time students may be eligible for fees-free
tertiary education for their first year of study, which will reduce the total cost. For more information about fees-free eligibility, go to Further costs include materials, textbooks, and accommodation.

Students completing a Bachelor of Science are usually able to major in a subject relevant for statisticians, such as mathematics or statistics.

Rents vary from place to place. Estimated market rents by region, city and suburb are available on the MBIE Tenancy Services website.

The StudyLink website provides general budget advice for students, and the Sorted website provides help with detailed budget planning.

Tenancy Services:

Where to study

Most universities in New Zealand offer a Bachelor of Science with the option of majoring in statistics or related subjects.

Income and employment prospects


In 2019, the average annual income for statisticians is estimated to be around $91,000

Estimated Average Income



Source: MBIE estimates based in Statistics NZ Census and Labour Cost Index.

Employment and skill shortages

Statisticians' employment

HistoricProjected Growth
2006 2013 2021 2026
828 909 1,040 1,140
  1.3% 2.3% 1.5%

Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections. Percentages are compound annual growth rates.
*Growth projections are for the broader category “Information and Organisation Professionals”.

The number of statisticians in employment grew between 2006 and 2013. This number is projected to keep rising at1.5% per year out to 2028.

Most employers are looking for experienced statisticians when they are hiring, so it can be hard for new graduates to find an entry-level job.

Employment chart


Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections

Statisticians are not on Immigration New Zealand’s skill shortage lists.

Immigration NZ, skill shortage list:

Where to find job vacancies

The number of online job vacancies for the broader group ;Actuaries, mathematicians and statisticians' has been steady for the last two years. Like the average for all vacancies, the number of job advertisements for this group was about 40% higher in June 2019 than in June 2013.

Jobs advertised chart

Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Statisticians' vacancies are advertised through public media such as the Trade Me Jobs and Seek websites.

Trade Me Jobs: 

Career path

Statisticians work for government agencies, such as Statistics New Zealand, and private organisations such as banks, insurance companies and research companies.

As it is useful for statisticians to have knowledge of the subjects they work on, many specialise in a particular area (for example insurance, health, agriculture). Because they need knowledge of their specialist field, it is often useful for statisticians to do another degree in addition to statistics.

Some statisticians progress to team leaders or managers.

Related occupations

The following occupations are related roles or alternative titles. Some of the roles may require a higher level of skill than entry-level statisticians.

  • Actuary
  • Analyst
  • Demographer
  • Econometrician
  • Economist
  • Finance Manager
  • Mathematician

Other information


More information on statisticians is available on the Careers New Zealand website.

Careers New Zealand:


The Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) is the official classification of occupations in New Zealand.

The occupation of statisticians has been coded to the following ANZSCO code for the purpose of this report:

2241 –Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians