Shortage of experienced statisticians
Employers report difficulty finding skilled statisticians, so your chances of securing a job are best if you have relevant experience. Statisticians who can code, source and integrate data, and are good with emerging technology, especially AI, are in demand.
Graduate statisticians have a good chance of finding employment as a shortage of experienced statisticians has created more job opportunities.
The number of statisticians in New Zealand is expected to exceed 1000 by 2021 because organisations and companies are producing an increasing amount of data which needs to be analysed. Stats NZ is the largest single employer of statisticians in New Zealand, employing about 350.
According to the Census, 978 statisticians worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Statistics graduates with double majors in demand
People who combine statistics with study in another field, such as biology, agriculture or environmental studies, may have better chances of getting a job. This is because many jobs demand additional skills or knowledge in a specific area of statistical analysis.
Government departments main employers of statisticians
Most statisticians work for Stats NZ or other government departments and Crown research institutes. Other employers include:
- higher education institutions
- market research and survey companies
- banks, finance and insurance companies
- health boards.