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What is Statistics?

With massive volumes of data available to us every day, businesses and governments need someone to make it meaningful. You’ll acquire skills and learn statistical methods for designing studies and surveys, collecting and analyzing data, forecasting, mathematical modelling, extracting meaning, and applying the results.

Where can you put these skills to work? The possibilities are endless! Statistician was ranked as one of the top five jobs of 2019, according to Our grads are working in a broad range of fields, including engineering, finance, health sciences, sports, and business management.

Meet Caroline


When Caroline isn’t studying she enjoys spending her time with her different extracurricular activities. She is involved in the Global Business Brigade, she's a Math Ambassador, and she is on the Residences Marketing Advisory Board. Within the Statistics program, she can also customize her degree in either Data Science, Health Informatics, or Biostatistics! Caroline loves that she is able to keep her options open.

“I chose Waterloo because it’s one of the best math schools in Canada. I knew that the global reputation of the school plus co-op, of course, would create a lot of opportunities for me.”

Your first year

All first-year students take a common selection of math courses called core courses. Normally in the fall term, students take:

*Note: For suggested electives and more information please visit our course selection page.

Potential co-op and career opportunities

Potential co-op opportunities
Sample titles Sample employers
  • Metadata management consultant
  • Compensation data analyst
  • Statistician
  • Bank of Montreal, Toronto
  • Hay Group, Toronto
  • Labstat International ULC, Kitchener
Potential career opportunities
  • Research biostatistician, Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals
  • Software development analyst, IBM Canada Ltd.
  • Statistician, Ontario Hydro
  • Statistician, Statistics Canada

Contact our advisors for more information.