Calling All Counselors: Sharing Statistics with Your Students
June 29, 2017
If you are a school counselor, chances are you’ve had a student asking you for thoughts on a career that is in high demand, pays well and is fun. This may seem like a tall order, but there are jobs that deliver on these qualities.
Next week, the American Statistical Association and This is Statistics will be at the American School Counselor Association Annual Conference in Denver, CO, sharing with attendees how studying statistics can put your students on track for success.
Statistics, the science of learning from data, has been around for centuries, so why is it so popular now? Thanks to computing power and the rise of a data-driven economy, there’s a high demand for statistical skills across a variety of industries. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for statisticians will grow 34 percent between 2016 and 2024, much faster than the growth rate of seven percent for all occupations.
Salaries are reflective of that demand. Parade Magazine’s “What People Earn 2017” features the real-world salaries of a wide variety of careers, including data scientist Dana Udwin who reports her salary as $100,000 a year.
Statistics careers offer ample opportunity for having fun and making a difference. Statisticians and data scientists hold diverse jobs ranging from sports analytics professionals for a Major League Baseball team to investigative journalist to designing clinical trials to find the cutting edge of medical treatment. A large number of other professions also benefit from statistical skills and many college majors require statistics courses.
How can you encourage your students to consider a career or course in statistics? This is Statistics has several resources available to counselors including:
- Fact sheet about careers in statistics. This can be downloaded, printed, and shared in the career services office or distributed to classrooms.
- YouTube videos of statisticians who love their jobs and are changing the world through statistics. One of our most popular videos, “Why Study Statistics,” provides a great overview of what statisticians do.
- PowerPoint presentation counselors can use for Career Days and related events to educate students about careers in statistics.
Be sure to visit ASA/TiS at booth 702 during ASCA 17 July 8-11 to speak with ASA representatives for more information on how statistics can pave the way for the future.
Lucy D’Agostino McGowan, our Police Data Challenge expert, is here to answer any questions you have as you join the contest and familiarize yourself with the data. You can learn more about Lucy and her expertise in last week’s blog post. At This is Statistics, we encourage questions –in fact, we’re hosting an “Ask Me…
We love Lucy. That is, Lucy D’Agostino McGowan, our Police Data Challenge expert and resource for participating students. A Ph.D. student in biostatistics at Vanderbilt University, president of Vanderbilt Graduate Student Council and co-founder of R-Ladies Nashville, Lucy is ready to lead the way with her knowledge. And rest assured, her extensive teaching experience at Vanderbilt…