What is the job outlook for a 30-year-old who recently graduated with a stat bs?

#1
I quit my comfortable job that I did not see myself doing long-term to continue my schooling. I expect I will be in my thirties when I graduate with just my bachelors. Is it realistic to get a job given my age? How can I improve my chances to make myself a better candidate?
 
#2
Hi,

It depends of course where you live, but the corporate world is very much interested in people with stats knowledge. Big Data, Cyber Crime, Social Media analyses, just to name a few are hot topics. You'd probably want to learn something related to that field (e.g. learn a bit about databases/storage when going into the Big data field).

30 is still young, no worries there :tup:

Just have a look at the vacancies you're interested in (use a site like monsterboard.com), and see what the job requirements are. Learn the gaps, get a certificate if that's important in your country/line of business and you've got yourself (almost) a job..
 

rogojel

TS Contributor
#4
Hi,
get practical experience, as much as you can and as soon as you can. E.g. there are sites where people are looking for R programmers for short projects, Kaggle is also an option, internships etc.

regards
 
#5
Hi,
get practical experience, as much as you can and as soon as you can. E.g. there are sites where people are looking for R programmers for short projects, Kaggle is also an option, internships etc.

regards
I agree. after practice you would have batter chances
 
#7
I just graduated at age 30 with a BA in statistics. I took several computer science courses (Linux, year of Intro in C++, Java, Data Structures, Algorithms) and my school's stats program uses R in every course so I graduated an expert in R. Did an REU the summer before senior year and an internship with a city government's statistics department the summer before junior year. All of that experience made me a desirable candidate in the job market. I was recruited by several big tech companies and ended up accepting a job as a Junior Data Scientist at a fortune 100 insurance firm (chose the job bc they're paying for me to do a master's in comp sci). It does get a little old sometimes being in cohorts and groups of traditionally aged college students (18-22). I do feel a maturity gap. But, overall, I feel I made a great choice. I think you'll have plenty of job options, especially if you work to acquire modern data science computing skills like SQL, Linux, R, Python, and Github.