Careers

Statistics in the workplace

In recent years, the role of data analysis has expanded into almost every field imaginable. Forbes listed data scientist as the sexiest job of the 21st century. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists statistician as a job with much faster than average job growth due to "more widespread use of statistical analysis to make informed business, healthcare, and policy decisions."

The strengths of a statistics degree in the work place applies to more than statisticians. The National Association of Colleges and Employers lists the following top 10 skills employers look for (2015):

  1. Leadership
  2. Ability to work in a team
  3. Written communications
  4. Problem solving skills
  5. Strong work ethic
  6. Analytical/quantitative skills
  7. Technical skills
  8. Verbal skills
  9. Initiative
  10. Computer skills

Most notably achieved with a degree in statistics are the analytical and quantitative skills. Degrees in statistics also provide great training in team work, written and verbal communications, and both technical and computer skills, perfectly rounding out a liberal arts education.

To talk more about careers in statistics, set up an appointment with:

  • Ryan Zea
  • 1217A Medical Sciences Center
  • Ph: 262-7478
  • Email: rzea AT stat.wisc.edu

For more information on careers as a whole, please set up an appointment with L&S Career Services or visit the L&S Career Services webpage.