Biostatistics Master's Program Career Development

Biostatistics is a rapidly growing field in academia, industry, and health care. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, fields in which these professionals work can easily expect 14 – 30 percent growth in the next several years.

With the training gained through a master’s degree in Biostatistics, students may pursue opportunities with teams focused on biomedical research, applied clinical research, or population health.

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Professionals with graduate level training in biostatistics can find opportunities in research, industry, or hospitals/health systems that range from opening to leadership positions, that may include:

  • Biostatistician – consulting, lead, senior or principal on various types of teams
  • Data Scientist
  • Analyst/Informatics Specialist
  • Statistical/Biostatistical Programmer
  • Researcher Scientist

Many of our graduates stay in Ohio, which is one of the nation’s top-five in professional employment related to health care, with an increased emphasis on Biostatistics applied to biomedical and health research, clinical care, and population health. In the Cleveland area, our colleagues in biotech companies and research institutes are eager for graduate-prepared colleagues to join their teams, as are our colleagues with CWRU-affiliated academic medical systems including the Cleveland Clinic, Louis Stokes Veterans Health Administration, MetroHealth System, and University Hospitals Health System.

Other graduates go onto careers across the country; many go onto PhD programs at CWRU or at other leading academic centers.


STEM-Eligible Degree

The Biostatistics Master’s program qualifies as a STEM degree, which allows international students in a technical field to apply for a 24-month extension to their optional practical training (OPT) period. This means you may be eligible for up to three years of work in the United States.

Visit the U.S. government's website for more information on STEM extensions. Learn more here.