Statistics as a Career
- use data to solve social, economic and scientific problems
- apply mathematical and statistical knowledge
- use computers to analyse and graphically represent data
- work individually and/or as part of an interdisciplinary team
- advance the frontiers of statistics, mathematics, and computer science to develop new methods of analysing and representing data
If any of these interest you, then you should consider studying statistics.
The following links give examples of statistics in action: Statistics: A job for professionals. (Booklet produced by the Statistical Society of Australia to raise public awareness of what statisticians do.) What is Statistics? (This web page from the Statistical Consulting Centre at the University of Melbourne has links to a number of case studies illustrating statistical thinking and the things statisticians do.)
Statistical careers are many and varied because statistical methods are so widely applicable. Any problem involving the collection, analysis, and presentation of data can benefit from a statistical approach. However, these general statistical skills may be applied to a huge variety of specific subject areas such as biology, environmental science, economics, engineering, marketing, medicine, public health, psychology, sports and many others. Statistical techniques are used to help make economic, social, political and military decisions as well as advance scientific research.
Statistics graduates are in high demand in Australia and internationally although employers may not advertise directly for a statistician. Words like - data analyst, quantitative analyst, market analyst, risk analyst, business analyst, actuary, econometrician, epidemiologist, biometrician, researcher, research assistant, research associate, etc - have all been used to describe jobs that a statistics graduate may be suited for.