Statistics Among Top Jobs for Millennials, Report Says
June 17, 2015
If you are one of the 75 million Americans born between 1981 and 2000, statistics might be one of the best jobs to pursue. CBS Money Watch and Forbes recently reported this finding by CareerCast.com, which ranked jobs for millennials according to criteria like salary, growth and satisfaction. It’s no surprise that statistics—one of the hottest careers—tops the charts.
The list includes statistician and data scientist, two jobs that require a deep knowledge of statistics, but also professions that often require some knowledge of statistics, including software engineer, market research analyst, advertising executive and civil engineer.
What does all this mean? Statistics–the science of learning from data–is quickly becoming the must-have skill for anyone seeking an edge in the labor market. Whether you decide to get a degree in statistics or take a couple courses in statistics, you’ll benefit from having a tool whose applications are nearly too numerous to list.
CBS News summed it up this way: “Much like data scientists, people who are able to ‘dive’ into data and emerge with the essential statistical information are increasingly in demand.”
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Irineo Cabreros is an AAAS Mass Media Fellow with the sponsorship of the American Statistical Association. He spent 10 weeks this summer training as a science journalist with Slate in its New York City offices. This summer I had the opportunity to write for the science desk at Slate magazine as an AAAS Mass Media Fellow sponsored…