New Reports Name Statistics as an In-Demand Career
April 22, 2016
As spring rolls in, college graduates are focusing on the next steps for their education and careers. These graduates should take note that two more reports have identified statistics and data science as fast growing degree programs leading to in demand, high paying careers.
We previously told you about data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics calling out statistician as one of the ten fastest growing jobs in the country. Now CareerCast’s 2016 Jobs Report named data scientist and statistician as their number one and two best jobs in terms of growth and salary. CareerCast cited the “tremendous opportunity” for data jobs in any field that uses consumer information from healthcare to retail as the rationale for the ranking.
With this job growth comes growth in undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well. The second new report comes from Fortune and PayScale, who rated master’s degrees in biostatistics and statistics as the number one and two best graduate degrees for jobs in 2016. Again, PayScale cited long term job outlook and median pay as top indicators for these degree programs but also report high job satisfaction and low stress levels among those with master’s degrees in biostatistics and statistics.
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