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Careers in Statistics: Possibilities and Opportunities

An ASA PowerPoint Presentation


Many education and career paths can lead to becoming a statistician. They all focus on relevant education and training as keys to success in the field. Employment opportunities are available in a multitude of areas, providing statisticians with professional flexibility, exciting opportunities, and rewarding, challenging, and lucrative careers.

This PowerPoint presentation is general advice from the American Statistical Association about the fields available to statisticians and the knowledge, skills, and abilities that many statisticians use on a daily basis. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list, and is not the only path one can follow to become a successful statistician.

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