“Statistician” Again Listed Among Top Jobs
July 24, 2014
CareerCast.com has once again listed “statistician” as one of the top jobs in 2014 in the U.S., coming in at #3 in its “Jobs Rated Report.” (“Mathematician” was rated #1, followed by “University Professor (Tenured).”
The Wall Street Journal’s coverage of the CareerCast.Com jobs report highlights the demand for people with quantitative skills, noting “It’s no secret that quantitative skills are in high demand on the job market—one analytics recruiter recently told The Journal that workers who can’t crunch numbers may ultimately face a ‘permanent pink slip.’”
Across the spectrum of business, industry and government, a thirst for understanding through data is driving up demand for people with the skills to quench it.
It’s a great time to be a statistician, and evidence of that keeps mounting. The job outlook is strong. Statisticians do meaningful work, work that makes a difference in people’s lives, work that requires years of training, work that most people do not have the skill or dedication to do. This is the kind of job a person should rightfully be proud of, a profession that should be highly ranked.
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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…