Students in graduate level statistic certificate programs study topics such as probability, statistics and data analysis that could prepare students to become researchers, consultants and management professionals. Often these programs have in-class on online courses. There are two areas of specialization: applied statistics and statistical theory and methods. Certification is offered by Statistical Analysis System, Six Sigma and American Society for Quality.
In an applied statistics program, students will hone their analytical and data analysis skills while learning about the basics of statistics. For a certificate in applied statistics students need to have admittance into a graduate school, have earned a bachelor's degree and completed prerequisite coursework in statistics and calculus.
Meanwhile, in a statistical theory and methods graduate certificate program, students learn to develop methods to explain quantifiable data patterns that develop in the social, natural and physical sciences. Statistical theory and methods graduate certificate programs require a bachelor's degree in statistics, prerequisite coursework in calculus, linear algebra and matrix theory and admittance to a graduate school.
Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics
A graduate certificate in applied statistics may be of interest to professionals in engineering, technology, government, health, business, the sciences or education who want to learn more about statistics. Most institutions allow transfer of credits earned in certificate program to a master's degree in statistics.
Coursework in a certificate program may use computer-based applications, but generally go deeper than a basic understanding of the subject. Students learn to use critical thinking skills, as well as how to apply what they have learned to data research and interpretation. Possible courses include:
- Probability and statistics
- Discrete data analysis
- Regression analysis, modeling and time series
- Experimental designs
- Applied statistics
- Exploratory data analysis
Graduate Certificate in Statistical Theory and Methods
This graduate-level program teaches a student the concepts of statistical theory and the methods of application. Graduates may transfer certificate's credits to a master's degree.
This statistics certificate program includes core courses of a master's program in statistics and requires a strong background in mathematics. Coursework may include the following:
- Mathematical statistics
- Probability theory
- Quantitative spatial analysis
- Data analysis and regression
Popular Career Options
Because statistics is a diverse field, many career options are available for the graduate of an applied statistics certificate program. Career options could include:
- Project manager
- Statistics consultant
- Market researcher
- Public health researcher
Statisticians have a variety of occupations to choose from. Any company or organization that uses collected data for research, marketing and growth will have a place for a person skilled in statistics. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the following career options may be available for graduates of the certificate program (www.bls.gov):
- Personal financial advisors
- Financial analysts
- Computer scientists
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
Positions in statistics generally require a master's degree. Some entry-level jobs may be available to those with just a bachelor's degree, according to the BLS. Employment growth for statisticians should be faster than all occupations, with a projected growth rate of 34% between 2014 and 2024. The median annual wage for statisticians was $80,110 in May 2015, according to BLS figures.
Continuing Education Information
Six Sigma (www.isixsigma.com) is a statistical mathematics and statistics DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve and control) methodology that reduces the output variation of a process to only so many defective PPM (parts per million) over a long period of time. It is a method to improve processes. There are various Six Sigma training programs and certifications offered by private companies and consulting firms. Six Sigma certifications include lean Six Sigma, green belt, black belt, master black belt and DFSS (Design for Six Sigma). DFSS is a method for designing new products or services with a certain reliability when first offered.
SAS (Statistical Analysis System) is a software system use by businesses to run analytics on their financial, customer and other data (www.sas.com). SAS offers various certifications, such as SAS Certified Base Programmer, SAS Certified Clinical Trials Programmer and SAS Certified Predictive Modeler.
ASQ (American Society for Quality) also offers certification that may be of interest to statisticians, such as the Certified Quality Process Analyst (asq.org). ASQ also offers Six Sigma Black Belt and Green Belt certifications.
Graduate students who have earned master's degree in statistics and want to earn a Statistical Analysis System (SAS), Six Sigma or American Society for Quality (ASQ) certification, may want to consider enrolling in a statistics certification and certificate program.