Biostatistical Methods with SAS Programming Certificate – Career Outcomes

Gain a competitive advantage in a quickly growing field: A certificate in biostatistical methods with SAS programming shows leading drug companies, research laboratories, universities, and government agencies that you have the knowledge and ability to deal with large amounts of data.

Develop an In-Demand Skillset

A report by McKinsey Global Institute estimates that by 2018, the U.S. could face a shortage of 190,000 people with deep analytic skills in addition to 1.5 million managers and analysts with an ability to use big data for effective decision-making. In fact, the demand for data analysts is expected to rise and exceed available supply, resulting in a 50–60% talent gap in the U.S. by 2018.

A biostatistics education can lead to a coveted spot as a data scientist, one of the most dynamic careers of the 21st century. Crunching numbers and analyzing data play an important role across all disciplines and are becoming crucial skills in today’s job market, as corporations, the government, and other institutions are increasingly expected to make evidence-based decisions. The national average salary for data scientists ranges from $90,000 to $115,000.

BLS projects employment of statisticians to grow 34% through 2024—much faster than the average for all occupations. Today’s statisticians earn a median annual salary of $80,500, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)—with even higher pay for those working for the federal government or in scientific research and development. In particular, BLS anticipates a growing market for biostatisticians who can conduct the research and clinical trials necessary to obtain FDA approval for prescription drugs and medical devices.


Carl Walasek, MS
Director of Certificate in Biostatistical Methods

Office Location:

McNeil STC, Room 208


University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495