Statistics as a Career
Projected Demand for Statisticians
Science Magazine, 6 April 2012.
“Statistics is the
science of learning from data, and of measuring, controlling, and communicating uncertainty;
and it thereby provides the navigation essential for controlling the course of scientific and societal
advances. This field will become ever more critical as academia, businesses, and governments
rely increasingly on data-driven decisions, expanding the demand for statistics expertise.”
What Are The Odds That Stats Would Be This Popular?,
New York Times, 26 January 2012.
“Arcane statistical analysis, the business of making sense of our growing data mountains, has become high tech's hottest calling.”
Critical Shortage of “Data Geek” Predicted by 2018,
TIBCO Spotfire's Business Intelligence Blog, 28 June 2011.
“New research forecasts a 50 to 60 percent gap between the supply and demand of people with deep analytical talent.”
Why We Should Learn the Language of Data,
Wired Magazine, 19 April 2010.
“We often say, rightly, that literacy is crucial to public life: If you can't write, you can't think. The same is now true in math. Statistics is the new grammar.”
For Today's Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics,
New York Times, 6 August 2009.
“the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians”
Doing the Math to Find the Good Jobs.,
The Wall Street Journal, 6 January 2009.
“Mathematicians land top spot in new ranking of best and worst occupations in the U.S.”
Swift action needed to close the skills gap in bioinformatics,
Nature, 2 September 1999.
Statistics Careers in Australia
There is currently a very marked shortage of professional statisticians
across a range of disciplines in Australia. The hottest areas are
biostatistics/bioinformatics and financial modelling, but more traditional areas
such as survey designs are also feeling the pinch. Advertisements for
biostatisticians are going unfilled for a long time. The methodology division of
the Bureau of Statistics reports that the output of honours graduates in
statistics is no longer sufficient to fill its annual recruitment needs. The
need for statisticians is more recognized than even before in Australia and
there are far more employment opportunities than ever before. There are several
jobs for every honours graduate that Australia is producing. It is very
difficult to understand why the number of graduate statisticians being produced
by Australian universities is not larger than it is.
Some idea of the range of employers in Australia and NZ can be had by
browsing the recent job announcements. The job
announcements site also allows you to search for
all jobs over the past couple of years advertised by a particular employer.
- Fishing on the Bay.
A blog of statistical musings from an Australian perspective.
Professor. Advice and information for students beginning their academic
career in science and engineering.
Stanford University Learning Laboratory.
- PhDs.org. Essays and resources on the current job market for mathematicians and academics in general.
Advocacy for working conditions for early career researchers. Sobering reading. Geoff Davis, Dartmouth College.