Careers & Internships

Government, business, law, academia, non-profits— just about any sector you can think of demands specialized and applied quantitative skills.  Browse these pages for information on the different pathways available to QTM majors, career outcomes of our existing alumni and a few resources to explore.  But don’t take our word for it: hear directly from experts in a broad range of professions about how quantitative training is changing their field.

Emory Career Services

We work closely with Emory's Career Center to offer students a comprehensive list of internship and employment opportunities, career counseling, resume writing, and more. Click here to view opportunities on Emory's Handshake website.

What can students do with QTM majors?

Government

Agencies in the Federal, State and Local Government need quantitatively skilled individuals to help prevent waste, fraud, and abuse; combat cyber-attacks and safeguard sensitive information; use business intelligence to make better financial decisions; and improve defense systems and protect soldiers on the ground. To do this, they need to sort through complex information.

Best fit QTM path

  • QSS - Any (to match particular branch domain)
  • BBA + QSS
  • PPA - Public Policy
  • AMS - Applied Math & Statistics

Job title

  • Social Science Research Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Research Analyst
  • Data Scientist

Salary Overview

Mean base salary for a US Government Data Scientist: $95K

Range: $70K-121K
source: PASYA, updated Jan 10, 2018

Employers

Federal Agencies
  • NASA
  • CIA/FBI
  • CDC

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State Agencies
  • Consumer Protection
  • Corrections Department
  • Travel & Tourism

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Other
  • Local government agencies
  • Federal Reserve Bank

Health/Medicine

Used wisely, big data has the potential to help physicians make better decisions across the board – from personalized treatments to preventive care. Data permeates the entire healthcare ecosystem, from research - where open data sets are fueling drug discovery - to daily life with wearable devices, to the patient experience where machine learning is providing effective diagnosis, to ongoing care where health apps make it possible for physicians to see patients virtually, to prediction and prevention where health data is allowing doctors to build better patient profiles.

Best fit QTM path

  • QSS - Biology, Biological Anthropology, NBB, Psychology
  • BBA + QSS
  • PPA - Public Policy
  • AMS - Applied Math & Statistics

Job title

  • Healthcare Data Analyst
  • Data/Research Analyst
  • Actuary

Salary Overview

  • Mean base salary for a Healthcare Data Analyst: $70K

    Range: $54K-89K
    source: Glassdoor, updated Feb 7, 2018

  • Mean base salary for a Healthcare Data Scientist: $121K

    Range: $87K-158K
    source: Glassdoor, updated Sep 10, 2013

Employers

For-profit
  • Biotechnology – Biogen, Gilead
  • Pharmaceuticals – AbbVie, Pfizer, Novartis
  • Other – St. Jude, Athenahealth

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Non-profit & Government
  • CDC
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Doctors Without Borders

Business

Finance, Banking, Insurance

Best fit QTM path

  • QSS – Economics, Informatics, Int'l Studies, Cultural/Ethnic Studies
  • BBA + QSS
  • AMS - Applied Math & Statistics

Job Title

  • Price/Risk Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Fraud Investigator

Salary overview

  • Actuarial Analyst $63K - $93K
  • Fraud Investigator $35.5K - $85.0K

Employers

Capital One, Sun Trust, J.P Morgan, AIG, Humana

MANUFACTURING


Best fit QTM path

  • QSS – Any
  • BBA + QSS
  • AMS - Applied Math & Statistics

Job Title

  • Business Analyst
  • Operations Analyst
  • Quality Data Analyst
  • Systems & Data Analyst

Salary overview

  • Data Analyst (Ford) $71K - $84K
  • Business Analyst (Coca-Cola) $52K - $145K

Employers

Ford, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Texas Instruments

RETAIL, TRAVEL, TECHNOLOGY

Best fit QTM path

  • QSS – Humanities, Social Sciences
  • BBA + QSS
  • AMS - Applied Math & Statistics

Job Title

  • Market Researcher
  • Revenue Manager
  • Data Analyst
  • Merchandise Planner

Salary overview

  • Market Research Analyst (Google) $51K - $136K
  • Revenue Management Analyst (American Airlines) $46K - $96K

Employers

Target, Home Depot, Delta, American, TripAdvisor, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Walmart, Gap, CVS

Non-Profit

There is a need to collect, process and analyze an enormous amount of data from a staggering variety of sources. With limited resources, nonprofits must maximize efforts that are likely to succeed. With fundraising in particular, a strategic review of field-wide data significantly helps organizations target proposals to well-aligned, appropriate foundations. Data science can also be leveraged to improve the quality of services provided by non-profit agencies.

Best fit QTM path

  • QSS - Any (to match particular branch domain)
  • PPA - Public Policy
  • AMS - Applied Math & Statistics

Job title

  • Policy Analyst
  • HR Analyst
  • Data Strategist
  • Data Integrity Manager

Salary Overview

  • Mean base salary for a Policy Analyst: $55,800

    Range: range $40K - $81K
    source: Payscale, updated Feb 11, 2018

  • Mean base salary for a Non-profit Research Analyst: $60.5K

    Range: range $49K - $68K
    source: Glassdoor, updated Apr 18, 2011

Employers

  • Disaster Relief (American Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services, World Vision, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team)
  • Healthcare (Affinity Health Plan, City of Hope, Orange Regional Medical Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Planned Parenthood)
  • Housing Equality (United Neighborhood Houses, Habitat for Humanity, Monarch Housing Associates, Atlanta Housing Authority)
  • Others: Religiously Affiliated Services, Schools, Colleges, and Universities, Workforce Education & Training

Example career profiles for QTM majors

Data-Driven Decision Maker

These tend to be higher level positions where data is leveraged to inform strategic and operational decisions. These jobs require some of the same foundational skills as data scientists, but they apply the skills in different ways.

Skills

  • Analytical: Frame industry problems as analytical problems and draw insights from data and other sources to create unique solutions
  • Interpersonal/Leadership: Effectively communicating/negotiating with – and tactfully directing – a wide variety of staff
  • Management: Employing requirements planning, strategic business process modeling, traceability and quality management techniques
  • Written & Verbal Communication: Translating tech-speak into language that management can understand
  • Technical Expertise: General data science programming and statistical knowledge
  • Business Acumen: Understanding how individual processes and technologies relate to the whole of the business; monitoring industry trends and predicting new developments

Requirements

Typically advanced degrees (MA, MS, MBA) OR
Significant work experience

Demand

Number of postings in 2015: 851,242
Projected 5-yr growth: 14%
Estimated postings for 2020: 967,412
Represents 36% of all Data Science related postings
Average Salary: $98,688

Associated Job Titles

Chief Data Officer
Chief Information Officer
Human Resources Manager
Marketing Manager

Functional Analyst/Researcher

Functional analysts require more general data science skills in addition to business intelligence skills. Utilize data and analytical models to inform specific functions and business decisions. In many cases, these roles require a mix of deep domain-specific expertise and general competence across a broad range of functions – the so-called “T-shaped” skill set.

Skills

  • Analytical: Ability to ask relevant, specific questions and define the business problem, then extract actionable insights
  • Written & Verbal Communication: Effectively articulate a cohesive story from the data that addresses the identified problem
  • Technical Expertise: General data science programming, such as SQL, Python, R
  • Domain Knowledge: Must not only have knowledge of a specific functional domain – such as Human Resources or Marketing – but also must possess project management skills and financial planning/budgeting skills

Requirements

Quantitative Undergraduate degree (entry level roles)
Some require Masters/MBA (management level roles)
Specific domain experience/knowledge
Programming skills

Demand

Number of postings in 2015: 770,441
Projected 5-yr growth: 17%
Estimated postings for 2020: 901,743
Represents 33% of all Data Science related postings
Average Salary: $98,688

Associated Job Titles

Actuary
Business Analyst
Compensation/Benefits Analyst
Operations Analyst
Marketing Researcher/Analyst

Technical Data Analyst/Scientist

These are the most technical roles in the market. Those in these roles create sophisticated analytical models used to build new datasets and derive new insights from data. They require proficiency with a large range of specialized analytical methods and tools.

Skills

  • Analytical: Identify and develop methodologically reproducible approaches for analyzing data, and develop predictive models that feed decision-making
  • Written & Verbal Communication: Communicate findings through visualizations and convey a cohesive data-driven story
  • Technical/Statistical Expertise: Require skills on the vanguard of data-driven technologies and methods, may include machine learning, Apache Hadoop, JAVA, data mining, data modeling, data visualization, and others. In addition, generalized data science skills like SQL, Python, and R are necessary

Requirements

Quantitative Undergraduate degree (Analyst roles)
Some require advanced degrees (Scientist roles)
Advanced programming skills
Advanced statistical knowledge

Demand

Number of postings in 2015: 172,672
Projected 5-yr growth: 19%
Estimated postings for 2020: 205,725
Represents 8% of all Data Science related postings
Average Salary: $82,263

Associated Job Titles

Data Analyst
Systems Analyst
Biostatistician
Data Scientist

What are experts saying about data science in their industry?

Government

L-3 Data Tactics: Dr. Nathan Dannenman, Data Scientist

Business

Adobe Software Systems: Joe Walker, Senior Consultant

IBM: Felecia Kornegay, Client Manager

Ernst & Young: Nicole Miller, Manager in Quantitative Economics and Statistics

 

Law

The Emory Law School: Dr. Sue Payne, Executive Director, Center for Transactional Law and Practice

 

Academia

Anthropology: Dr. James Rilling, Associate Professor

Biostatistics & Bioinfromatics: Dr. Howard Chang

Economics: Dr. Christopher Curran, Associate Professor

Political Science: Dr. Jennifer Gandhi, Associate Professor

Psychology: Dr. Irwin Waldman, Professor

Non-Profit

Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education: Dr. Dana Rickman, Director of Policy and Research

 

Quantitatively-oriented job opportunities are varied and widespread. Internships are becoming a great way for students to experience the applications of quantitative theory and methods firsthand. QTM staff and faculty seek to assist students with targeted internship and career updates through our bi-weekly QTM Navigator, a focused repository of resources on our website, and real world expert perspectives through our periodic networking events.  

Emory Career Services

We work closely with Emory's Career Center to offer students a comprehensive list of internship and employment opportunities, career counseling, resume writing, and more. Click here to view opportunies on Emory's Handshake website. 

What is an internship?

According to the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE) "an internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting.  Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent."

Why get an internship?

A recent survey by the NACE reported that 65% of bachelor degree students from the class of 2015 participated in an internship - the highest percentage recorded since they began surveying in 2007.  Both students and employers seem to agree that internships provide an advantageous educational and professional development experience.  75% of the employers surveyed by the NACE said they prefer to hire job candidates who have relevant work experience.  The QTM Navigator seeks to assist students in obtaining valuable experiences.

The links below connect you to a few of the more relevant job resources for recent college graduates concentrating in quantitative areas.  The QTM Navigator, a publication for our majors, provides the most targeted and timely opportunities. 

Companies

ADP Corporation ADP is a provider of Cloud-based Human Capital Management and a leader in business outsourcing services and analytics, with a large branch in Atlanta. Job opportunities are available nationwide - search data science or statistics for targeted view.
AT&T AT&T offers Big Data Job opportunities in Atlanta and around the country.  Find opportunities to work with AT&T's Big Data team which is made up of top innovators, cool technology and a start-up culture. You may get to work with one of the largest data sets in the world.
Coca-Cola Company Offers many undergraduate & seasonal internships across the world, including R&D positions involving data collection and analysis
Delta Airlines Openings available in Atlanta and Internationally.  This link shows all Corporate openings. 
Koch Industries List of current job postings requiring statistics/quantitative background
Microsoft Listing of opportunities for recent college graduates.  Can search for jobs outside the US and various areas of focus.

Associations, Non-profits, and Other Institutions

Research Triangle Institute Job openings in North Carolina and other locations.  Search for data science positions to obtain a targeted list of opportunities.
The Federal Reserve Career opportunities in Research/ Economics and other professional areas.  Search for data science or statistics or key word quantitative for a more targeted list.
USA Jobs - Federal Government This site lists many of the opportunities available for recent grads within the federal government, some of which are based in Atlanta.  Click on Find Recent Graduate Jobs for a listing.

Job Aggregators

LookSharp Listings of entry level positions available nationwide.  Select key words such as "quantitative" or "statistics" for targeted opportunities.
StackOverflow Listings of entry level positions available nationwide.  Select key words such as "data science" or "statistics" for targeted opportunities.
Kaggle Targeted data science job board. Kaggle is the world’s largest community of data scientists, statisticians, and machine learning engineers.
LinkedIn Link takes you directly to Data Scientist positions.  Change keyword search for other areas of interest.
Chegg Listings of entry level positions available nationwide.  Select Entry Level Jobs and key words such as "data science" or "statistics" for targeted opportunities.
TechCommJobs
Job site for talented, qualified technical communications professionals - opportunities for English track students

The links below are just a few of the many opportunities available to students interested in obtaining an internship.  The QTM Navigator, a publication for our majors, provides targeted and timely opportunities. 

Companies

ADP Corporation ADP is a provider of Cloud-based Human Capital Management and a leader in business outsourcing services and analytics, with a large branch in Atlanta. They offer many opportunities for undergraduates in the city of Atlanta
AT&T AT&T offers Big Data internships in Atlanta and around the country.  Find opportunities to work with AT&T's Big Data team which is made up of top innovators, cool technology and a start-up culture. You may get to work with one of the largest data sets in the world.
Coca-Cola Company Offers many undergraduate & seasonal internships across the world, including R&D positions involving data collection and analysis
Delta Airlines Offers year-round undergraduate internships in several areas, including research & analysis
Intel Ongoing paid internship positions throughout the world for students in business, the sciences, or engineering
Koch Industries List of all co-op and employment opportunities. Summer internship program positions involve programming and data analysis
Microsoft Internship program offers hands-on training.  Clikc on the "submit your application" for a list of opportunities all over the world in a variety of fields, including data-science. 
Newell Rubbermaid Summer Internship Program is a paid, 10- to 13-week opportunity in marketing, engineering, supply chain, information technology, SAP, finance and human resources.  Locations include: Atlanta; Huntersville, N.C.; Oakbrook, Ill.; East Long Meadow, Mass.; and Winchester, Va.
Time Warner Several internship opportunities at headquarters and company subsidiaries including HBO and Turner
Turner Broadcasting Turner provides a multitude of internship opportunities throughout the year.  A running list of currently available openings can be found here.

Associations, Non-profits, and Other Institutions

Amstat News - STAT trak American Statistical Association magazine annually posts internships available across the US for students involved in statistics/quantitative methods
Atlanta Police Department
The Atlanta PD has an internship program with a variety of  opportunities, some of which focus on data analysis, research, marketing, and evidence management
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Provider of many internship opportunities in Marketing/Public Relations, Foundation (fundraising), Volunteer Services, Community Health Development and Advocacy and Human Resources
Georgia Aquarium A wide variety of unpaid internship opportunities including several with research components: digital research, group sales, PR, and water quality
Los Almos National Laboratory The Undergraduate Student (UGS) program is a year-round educational program that provides students with relevant research experience while they are pursuing an undergraduate degree.
Research Triangle Institute Internship programs for undergraduate and graduate students with mentored experiential learning opportunities. Student interns benefit from professional development, leadership and service, and social experiences that supplement the hands-on work in their field.
Sandia National Laboratories Technical and business internships and fellowships available for students in a variety of fields (West Coast - NM and CA)
The Federal Reserve Paid and unpaid internships available during the summer in The Divisions of Research and Statistics and Monetary Affairs.  Also, occasional opportunities available throughout the year for students to work on projects as unpaid interns (applications on a rolling basis).
USA Jobs - Federal Government This site lists many of the internships available within the federal government, some of which are based in Atlanta
Zoo Atlanta Provides a variety of internship and externship programs, including research opportunities

Internship Aggregators

Internmatch Listings for internship positions in research in Atlanta
LinkedIn - Data Science Internships Listing of internships with the title "Data Scientist"
Chegg Type Data Science or other key word for internship opportunities nationwide

Summer Training / Institutes

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Multiple summer internship programs available to students interested in public health
Data Science for Social Good Fellowship A summer program at the University of Chicago for aspiring data scientists to work on data mining, machine learning, big data, and data science projects with social impact.
ICPSR Provides undergraduate students with a research experience that introduces all aspects of social science research and includes supported exploration of a research query from start to finish, data management training, and focused methodological education in quantitative research. This prepares interns for capstone or senior thesis projects, graduate school, and/or research-based employment opportunities.
NORC (University of Chicago) Paid summer internship for students interested in developing social science research skills, including data collection and analysis
Suntrust Based in Atlanta, SunTrust offers a variety of summer internships for students interested in business, finance, and investment banking