What can I do with a major in Statistics?
UGA Specific Information for Statistics
Statistics has been described as the science of learning from data: everything from planning for the collection of data and data management, to end-product activities such as drawing conclusions from data and presentation of results. Statistics includes the scientific application of mathematical principles to the collection, analysis, and presentation of data. Statisticians contribute to the design of surveys and experiments; collection, processing, and analysis of data; and interpretation of the results. Statisticians apply their methods in all subject areas. Sampling-obtaining information about a population of people or group of things by surveying a small portion of the total is often used. Statisticians the where and how of data, determine the type and size of the sample group, instructions and procedures for the sampling collection, tabulate the data and final analysis, interpretation and summary using computer software.
Employers Hiring UGA Statistics for the Class of 2016*
American International Group, Inc. | Aon plc | Beazley plc | Deloitte | Etched in Tradition | Federal Reserve Board of Governors | Jamberry | Navicure, Inc. | Starr Companies | The Telegraph & Macon.Com | The University of Georgia | Truett McConnell University | United Parcel Service | Wood Star Restaurant Supply
Job Titles of UGA Statistics Majors for the Class of 2016*
Administrative Sales Assistant | Analyst | Business Intelligence Analyst | Business Technology Analyst | Consultant | Delivery Specialist | Director of Marketing and Athletic Communications | Junior Business Analyst | Operations Manager | Recreational Sports Utility Worker | Research Assistant | Sports Stringer | Underwriter | Underwriting Assistant
Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Statistics Majors for the Class of 2016*
Duke University | Georgia Institute of Technology | Georgia State University-Perimeter College | North Carolina State University | Rutgers University | The University of Alabama at Birmingham | The University of California, Los Angeles | The University of Georgia | The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
UGA Statistics Career Outcomes for the Class of 2016*
** Includes Self-Employed
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The Science of Statistics
Statisticians do more than just churn out unemployment numbers. They design research, formulate results, and turn those results into meaningful information that non-statisticians can use. Statistics also predict outcomes using data from the past. Almost every industry employs data analysts—from marketing to environmental science—and the work, though not always visible, has a big impact. The following are a few industries that have seen an increased need for statisticians:
The government is one of the largest employers of statisticians, with a need to fill a variety of functions, from studying crime patterns at The Department of Justice to analyzing traffic congestion at The Department of Transportation. The U.S. Census Bureau will also need statisticians to turn out and analyze the nation’s demographics for the 2010 Census. The information will affect policies in areas, such as education and infrastructure, and determine how many representatives each state sends to the House of Representatives.
As the pharmaceutical industry grows, so does the need for statisticians to design clinical trials, collect information about drugs’ effects, and test thousands of chemical compounds to find which ones cure which ailments. Bioinformatics, which uses biological data, such as gene sequences to solve medical problems, is another growing area in healthcare that needs statisticians.
Here statisticians work in quality control and design. Green energy manufacturing is especially important. “If you want to design a wind turbine, you need to figure out what direction it should be pointing in and how long the rotors should be,” says Carriquiry. “A statistician can predict where the wind is going to come from and what strength it is going to have using information from the past.”
In today’s frugal climate, statisticians play an important role because they can help businesses predict which products will be successful and what marketing will work. They can also act as actuaries, determining and managing risk for financial services and insurance companies.
The world of personal and corporate finance provides a work setting where statisticians can help individuals and businesses with financial management, interpreting financial markets and institutions, and providing financial planning.
Research & Development
Statisticians involved with R& D help find solutions to specific research problems and facilitate the development of new research skills and services that advance the research environment.
A consultant uses the art and science of statistics to solve a practical problem. Problems come from many different fields, e.g. marketing, product design, manufacturing, medicine, agriculture, or genetics, but many of us specialize in just a few application areas.
From “Doing the Math: Careers in Statistics” by Cara Scharf
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- Institute of Mathematical Statistics
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- International Statistical Institute
- Society for Industrial and Applied Math
- We Use Math - Information on Careers in Math
- Be An Actuary - Information on Careers in Actuarial Science
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