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Industry & Operations Management

Industry Careers

IndustryStatisticians are in high demand in nearly all industries. With a wide variety of fields within the general industry guidelines, students will want to research and speak with professionals to help determine the right course for their career goals. Depending on your area of interest, students should plan on taking supplemental courses in business or sciences to better prepare them for careers in industry. Though there are positions for students who obtain a bacehlor's degree, students with a master's or doctoral degree will have access to higher level positions. Since careers can vary industry to industry students will want to develop strong teamwork abilities while also be capable of working independently. In addition, students will want to develop strong statistical communication skills in order to relay various aspects of business decisions to non-statisticians. 



  • Quality Control
  • Reliability Product Testing
  • Product Development and Improvement
  • Management of Assets and Liabilities
  • Risk Assessment
  • Financial Planning
  • Market Research
  • Operations Research
  • Purchasing  
  • Management
  • Engineering  Applications
  • Research Including:
    • Agricultural
    • Environmental
    • Biological
    • Chemical
  • Computer Science
  • Statistical  Computing Data Processing Services
  • Technical Writing
  • Science Journalism
  • Sports Statistics
  • Research centers and laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms
  • Environmental  clean-up firms
  • Chemical companies
  • Software developers
  • Computer companies
  • Internet companies
  • Engineering firms 
  • Manufacturers
  • Logistics firms
  • Transportation companies
  • Communications industry
  • Utility companies
  • Financial institutions 
  • Insurance companies
  • Consumer marking firms
  • Statistics agencies
  • Data collection services
  • Consulting firms
  • Nonprofit organizations


Operations Management Careers

OperationsStudents looking at a career in operations management should develop strong analytical and logical problem solving skills. Labor and employment relations courses would be beneficial for students planning on operations management careers. Acquiring skills in both budgeting and cost management are a must as well. As with any job within the general industry field, careers within operations management will require a strong ability to communicate with a wide variety of people. To reach a higher level of employment within operations management, consider pursing an MBA in addition to a degree in statistics.



  • Operations Research Analysis:
    • Business strategy
    • Facilities layout
    • Inventory control
    • Personnel scheduling
  • Production Management:
    • Line supervision
    • Manufacturing management
    • Production planning
    • Quality assurance
  • Materials Management:
    • Purchasing/buying
    • Traffic management
    • Inventory management
  • Manufacturers
  • Industrial organizations
  • Service organizations
  • Logistics firms
  • Airlines and other transportation companies

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