With quintillion bytes of data generated each day, it’s safe to say that we’re in the era of big data.Social media, the Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are driving the trends in data and influencing the role of Data Scientists and Statisticians. Roles in the field of Data Science and Statistics are now in high demand, and at UNSW Science, we offer programs that can launch your career.

Careers in Data Science & Statistics

As data experiences exponential growth, so do jobs in Data Science and Statistics. But what exactly does a career in this field look like?

Data Science and Statistics is a multidisciplinary field of study that blends mathematical methods, statistics, computing, business decisions and communication. Data Scientists translate user data into insights that help companies understand their audience and personalise their products or services. Uncovering new insights and predicting trends has become vital in the retail, environmental, not-for-profit, IT and professional services sector.

Career opportunities in Data Science and Statistics span across many industries from startups to established corporations including Coles, AirBnB, Spotify, Netflix and Greenpeace, to name a few. As a Data Scientist, you might be asked to calculate the price of new products for the market, determine warehouse or retail employee schedules, make predictions of environmental phenomena and model the spread of new diseases.  

Relevant Roles

  • Data Scientist
  • Data Analyst
  • Risk Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Forecast Modeller
  • Market and Survey Researcher
  • Mathematician
  • Statistician
  • Big Data Engineer

Career Paths at UNSW

Data Science is an ideal career path for anyone who enjoys maths, statistics and computer science. At UNSW Science, our core undergraduate degree is the Bachelor of Data Science and Decisions.

Our graduates demonstrate skills in programming languages, problem-solving, processing, interpreting and presenting data using qualitative and quantitative techniques. 

Where Our Graduates Work


“Since an early age, my area of interest has been in the fine details of probability, prediction and forecasting. This led me to study a Bachelor of Science at UNSW, with a major in Mathematics and Statistics. These mathematical theories helped build the foundation necessary in order to understand complex machine learning algorithms and concepts. My current role entails leading a team of data scientists that deploys machine learning models on big data platforms, generating insights for Australia’s top financial institutions, government departments and iconic ASX200 businesses to help guide their strategic decisions.”

Shuning Zhao - Lead Data Scientist at Servian
UNSW Bachelor of Science Alumni