Statistics: A Lot to be Thankful For
November 22, 2017
This Thanksgiving, we are thankful to have a lot to celebrate within the field of statistics.
We live in an era of big data, and as the key to turning that data into actionable information, statisticians are in high demand. That’s why the salaries and opportunities for statisticians are high, with a growth rate five times the average for coming years, at 33.8 percent. It’s no surprise that the industry is getting a ton of buzz, such as in this Glassdoor report that rated data scientist, a field heavily reliant on statistics, as the top job in America for the second year in a row.
Statisticians have an opportunity to put their skills to work in just about any industry of their choosing, from agriculture to politics and more, because statistics can be applied to anything. Any statistician with a passion can be thankful for the wide range of career paths, high demand and the perks the field brings.
Looking for more? Just see what these statisticians had to say:
Rob Santos, Chief Methodologist at the Urban Institute
“I am so thankful to be in the field of Statistics. It has allowed me to combine my love for statistics with my passion for helping people. It opened my mind to new ways of seeing things, new ways of gaining knowledge in an imperfect world filled with uncertainty. I have been privileged to work on projects in many areas of policy research to help improve people’s lives. I have been able to live all over the US, meet interesting people and follow other passions in my life like my family, my outdoor excursions (fishing, grilling) and my more recent foray into live music photography.”
Nick Thieme, Data Researcher at the University of California-Hastings, Institute for Innovation Law
“There are few fields that allow you to study colon cancer, astronomy data, TV commercials, and to write for a major publication, all over the course of a few short years. Statistics is one of them. That’s why I’m thankful to be a statistician.”
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