With 2.5 quintillion bytes of data generated each day, it’s safe to say that we’re in the era of big data.  To put that metric into perspective, within the last two years, 90% of the world's data has been created. 

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. 

In 2018, company review website Glassdoor placed Data Science at the top of its list of best jobs. With a job satisfaction score of 4.2/5 and a median salary of over $100,000, roles in Data Science and Statistics are in-demand in Australia and around the world.

Relevant Roles

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

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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, which is aimed at undergraduates who want to better understand the world they live in and provide more personalised services to people.

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

Where our Graduates Work


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 "My UNSW degree enabled me to make sense of large and complex data sets. This is extremely satisfying and highly sought after on the job market.  At the School of Mathematics and Statistics, I developed the skills to work on challenging and rewarding projects with great companies."

- Tim Hall, UNSW Business Analyst