To date, we’ve asked 56 current and past statistics students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it above average.

No matter the degree, there are some common factors that predict satisfaction.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a statistics degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a statistics degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are statistics students compared to other degrees?

Overall, statistics students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.6 out of 5. This is high compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, statistics students rate their happiness similarly to students in International Relations, Physics and Humanities.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to statistics

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Spanish Language$56,849
Anthropology$51,238
Physics$79,871
International Relations$72,312
Humanities$55,399
Statistics$81,272
Mathematics and Statistics$82,277

Let's break that down further.

Are statistics students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
3.8 out of 5 stars
67 ratings
5 stars
22%
4 stars
46%
3 stars
18%
2 stars
12%
1 stars
1%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.8 out of 5 stars
68 ratings
5 stars
24%
4 stars
46%
3 stars
21%
2 stars
9%
1 stars
1%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in statistics experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did statistics graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what statistics grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.9 out of 5 stars
64 ratings
5 stars
28%
4 stars
45%
3 stars
16%
2 stars
8%
1 stars
3%

We can see there’s a cluster of positive responses, which might indicate a strong or growing job market.

Were statistics students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.6 out of 5 stars
56 ratings
5 stars
21%
4 stars
29%
3 stars
38%
2 stars
9%
1 stars
4%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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