Whether we know it or not, we rely on statisticians every day. A corporation that processes food, for example, might pay for a survey of families with two working parents to find out what new products they’d like to see in the frozen-food aisle. A drug company, on the other hand, must collect and study data when they test experimental drugs to make sure that they work and that they’re safe. And at a TV network, statisticians can use a technique called sampling to discover what the whole country is watching just by surveying a small group of viewers.
And that’s just in the business world. These masters of data can use their skills in fields as varied as medical research, public health, and economics.
Statisticians use math and computers to collect, study, and report on data.
An internship during college can really pay off. You'll get real-world experience, build skills, and make contacts.
A curious problem solver who likes to conduct research and work with numbers.
Statisticians need strong speaking and writing skills so that they can communicate technical issues to people outside their field.