Careers for the M.Stat Graduate
Rice's Professional Master in Statistics (MStat) graduates are employed in a wide range of industries and positions. It is the responsibility of the MStat student to obtain his or her own employment. The Department will assist in counseling, and arranging for companies who have demand for MStat students. Rice's Center for Career Development (CCD) also has a wide variety of services and activities that will help with preparing for the job hunt, interviewing, other aspects of the job hunt. The CCD holds large career fairs every Fall and Spring, when hundreds of companies come to campus seeking interns and students looking for employment after graduation. The Department will assist as specific opportunities become available and will pass along any requests for applicants from companies. A primary focus of the MStat program is developing a group of employers who are interested in hiring MStat students, especially those in the biostatistics/bioinformatics, environmental, finance, and risk management specializations. The Department has made placements in these fields and others.
This activity is a very important one for the MStat student, and efforts to make industrial contacts should begin as soon as the student arrives at Rice. The CCD begins holding resume reviews, interview practice sessions, employer interviewing and on-campus recruitment activities very soon after the school year begins, so it is essential that you check their calendar
and sign up for activities that will aid in your search for employment. Note that employers looking to hire for the upcoming May graduates or summer internships will normally be recruiting in the fall. The CCD offers help in finding full and part-time employment as well as internships.
A successful career entry depends on your use of the CCD, personal networking, and departmental opportunities. It takes a systematic approach to efficiently deal with the many (usually online) job resources.
You should also avail yourself of the many networking opportunities available while you are at Rice. There are two professional associations, both of which provide student membership at very low prices ($15/yr for the American Statistical Association, and free for the Institute of Mathematical Statistics), to which you should belong after you complete your degree. The local chapters of these associations host meetings and a forum for local statisticians, with social events, lectures and networking.
Additionally, there are institutes and initiatives at Rice with industry, the same industry partners who wish to hire MStat graduates.