Government and Insurance


Government Careers

Preparing for a career in either the federal government or state and local governments  typically requires a master's or doctoral degree to be be qualified for most statistical based jobs in the government. However, there are some positions that are available for students who have obtained a bachelor's degree. Some of the skills that students focused on entering a government related field should develop include a strong background in computers, writing, and presentation skills. It is advised to seek out internships within a government organization and to assist in research projects to gain the needed experience collecting and analyzing data. While learning about the government hiring processes you will want to plan on applying early and research any special hiring authorizations that may expedite the hiring processes.  

Typical work found in Government related jobs: 

Government Employers:

  • Survey Design and Methodology
  • Conduct Field Work/Experiments
  • Collect, Process, and Analyze Data
  • Interpret Data and Experiment Results
  • Clinical Trial Analysis
  • Reliability and Quality Control
  • Operations Research
    • Census
    • Education
    • Ecology and Environment
    • Forestry
    • Government Regulation
    • Law
    • National Defense
    • Public Health
    • Population
    • Risk Assessement
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Census Bureau
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Justice
  • Environmental Protection Agency Food and Drug Administration
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • National Security Agency
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • State and local government


Insurance Careers

InsuranceStudents pursuing a career in the insurance industry will want to not only take additional mathematics and finance courses, but complete an internship with an insurance agency to gain the relevant experience needed. There are many entry-level positions within the areas of claims, underwriting, and risk management that students with a bachelor's degree would be qualified for. In addition to learning statistical analysis software and a variety of programming languages, students will want to develop strong communication skills. A majority of careers within the insurance industry require teamwork and the ability to clearly explain information. Students will want to plan on taking a series of actuarial exams to gain the proper licensing from either the Society of Actuaries or the Casualty Actuarial Society. Depending on the type of insurance you primarily deal with will determine the path you pursue. Most actuaries will take these exams over the course of several years while maintaining full-time employment.



  • Actuary Science
  • Risk Management/Assessment
  • Loss Management/Control
  • Underwriting
  • Insurance carriers
  • Insurance agents and brokers
  • Professional, scientific, and technical consulting firms
  • Government agencies