What is Statistics?
In an article in the New York Times, Hal Varian, chief economist at Google declared: "The sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians, and I'm not kidding."
But WAIT -- there's more!
"The scientific application of mathematical principles to the collection, analysis, and presentation of numerical data.
Statisticians apply their mathematical and statistical knowledge to the design of surveys and experiments; the collection, processing, and analysis of data; and the interpretation of experiments and survey results.
Statisticians may apply their knowledge of statistical methods to a variety of subject areas, such as biology, economics, engineering, medicine, public health, psychology, marketing, education, and sports. Many economic, social, political, and military decisions cannot be made without statistical techniques...There will always be a demand for the skills statisticians provide."
Entry-level statistician job in the Federal Government
for most jobs
Research and academic jobs
Statistician Annual Salary Information
Average (as of March 2011) :
$95,695 (Federal Government statisticians)
$108,868 (Mathematical statisticians)
Median (as of May 2010) : $72,830
Middle 50% : $52,730 to $95,170.
Lowest 10% : Less than $39,090
Highest 10% : More than $119,100
[Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics]
More Salary Information
[Source: American Statistican Association Salary Information]
Hans Rosling is a Professor of Global Health at Karolinska Institute in Sweden, co-founder of the Swedish chapter of Médecins sans Frontièrs (Doctors without Borders) and co-founder of Gapminder. His work focuses on global development. Watch videos of his TED talks here. (HINT: Be sure to watch the ending of the second video!)