Category: Education

New Hybrid Economy Demands Highly Trained Data Scientists

Anytime there is recognition of the importance of data science and analytics in today’s workforce, we stand up and cheer. From the often-cited McKinsey Report on Big Data, to the U.S. News & World Report’s declaration that 2017 is the Year of the Statistician, evidence supporting the need for statisticians and the many benefits of...

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New National Survey By SHRM Shows Employers Struggling to Meet Growing Demand for Data Analysts

More and more public and private sector employers are adding statisticians and data analysts to their ranks but are having a difficult time finding qualified candidates, according to a new national survey released today by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and sponsored by the American Statistical Association (ASA). The Jobs of the Future:...

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Demystifying the Election Prediction 2016 Contest

ASA is sponsoring the Prediction 2016 contest, giving students a chance to take part in this year’s election season by using statistics to predict the next president of the United States. Think you’re up for the challenge? We’ve compiled a few resources to help you get started. FiveThirtyEight Nate Silver, a well-known American statistician, offers...

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Want Today’s Hottest Career? Start with a Statistics Course

Statistics is one of the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. and a top job for Millennials.  Students are catching on to its appeal – more are graduating with degrees in statistics, and taking AP statistics in high school. But what exactly is statistics and what do statisticians do? Statistics is the science of learning from data, and of...

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What Does a Career in Biostatistics Actually Look Like?

Biostatistician, Rafael Irizarry of Simply Statistics, was sent on a mission to recruit people for a graduate program, and “found that several [people] did not know about the existence of Departments of Biostatistics and most of the rest thought biostatistics was the study of clinical trials.” So what is biostatistics then? Here are a few...

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Statistics Instruction Assumes Bigger Role in K12 Education

The demand for statisticians and data literacy has grown in recent years, and K12 educators are responding by providing more access to statistics education. A recent article by Alison DeNisco at District Administration magazine highlights this trend, including growth of AP statistics and elective statistics courses. DeNisco spoke with Jessica Utts—the American Statistical Association’s incoming...

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Wharton Statistics Program “Bursting at the Seams”

Enrollment  in the statistics concentration at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has grown substantially in recent years, reports Sydney Schaedel of the Daily Pennsylvanian. Schaedel quotes Wharton statistics professor Jean Lemaire as saying, “Enrollment in statistics classes [at Wharton] has increased tremendously. We are bursting at the seams – we are understaffed.” According to...

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More Students Earning Statistics Degrees, But Not Enough To Meet Surging Demand for Statisticians

ALEXANDRIA, VA, OCTOBER 1, 2015 – Statistics is one of the fastest-growing degrees in the U.S., but the growth may not be enough to satisfy the high demand for ­­statisticians in technology, consumer products, health care, government, manufacturing and other areas of the economy, an analysis conducted by the American Statistical Association (ASA) finds. Data...

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“I Wish I Had Taken a Class in Statistics,” Writes Journalist

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about the value of a statistics education for career success, no matter the field. But we hear less about the advantage statistical literacy can give each of us in our personal and family lives through critical thinking. Slate columnist Laura Miller writes about her discovery that critical thinking isn’t...

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Undergraduate Data Science Programs Are on the Rise—But Is the Degree Right for You?

Data science has been a hot topic in recent years, so it’s no surprise that undergraduate programs in the field are popping up across the country. But for what kinds of jobs are these degrees designed to prepare students? And, how are they different from degrees in related disciplines, like computer science or statistics? The...

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