What Do Statisticians Do?

Statisticians and data scientists solve challenging problems and guide societal and scientific advances.

Statisticians are respected!

  • They see their names in print as part of a team publishing research articles.
  • They attend national and international conferences to present work to colleagues.
  • Statistics is an international discipline with studies being conducted around the world.
  • Statistical teams are often multi-national.

Statisticians are employed!

  • The unemployment rate for people with data skills is extremely low and expected to stay that way for the foreseeable future.
  • The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a good source of information.
  • Statisticians work in all sectors of the economy and in diverse geographic areas.

Statisticians are creative and have fun!

  • Being a statistician is like being a detective and trying to understand the story the data is trying to tell you. This provides a thrill of discovery and a challenge to then communicate those insights to others. This can be rewarding!
  • FlowingData has examples of creative data visualizations.