Career in Statistics
Statisticians collect and analyze data, as well as apply statistical theories and methods in order to solve practical real world problems in several fields of work and industries. Statisticians design surveys and conduct experiments to collect data. Surveys such as the U.S. Census, collects data from everyone, but statisticians tend to use sampling to collect data from a particular groups. Statisticians use specialized software on their computers to analyze data. They use this software in order to find trends and relationships within the data. Tests are done to check for reliability and validity of the data. Statisticians work in a variety of fields such as, education, healthcare, marketing, sports, psychology and other fields that require data collection and analysis.
To become a statistician, you will need a master’s degree in statistics, mathematics, or survey methodology. A bachelor’s degree is enough for some entry-level jobs. Required courses for a bachelor’s degree in statistics include differential and integral calculus, statistical methods, mathematical modeling, and probability theory. Some helpful courses that are related are computer science, engineering, physics, or mathematics. Important qualities include critical thinking skills, math skills, speaking skills, writing skills, and problem solving skills.
In May 2012, the median salary was $75,560. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $42,220. The top 10 percent earned more than $121,890.There were 27,600 job positions that were held by statisticians in 2012. About a quarter worked for the government, which most of them worked at the federal level. The top five industries for statisticians(in order) are the federal government, finance and insurance, educational services, healthcare, and state and local government(excluding education and hospitals).Job opportunities for statisticians are predicted to be very good. An increasing number of jobs will require high levels of...