What does it mean to study Statistics?
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
At some point in your high school career, you may have the option to take a class in statistics. Learn more about what statistics is and how what it could mean for a future career!
Learn more about statistics and how it can lead to an exciting career in virtually any field, whether it is in the social sciences or biological sciences.
Statistics is the science of making decisions based on data. Data and decisions can come from business, law, medicine, politics, science, sociology, and every other field of study, but may be based on incomplete observations or incorrect measurements. To mitigate such uncertainties, students studying statistics build and apply quantitative tools and techniques for the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data. They then utilize statistical techniques to discover and investigate patterns, build predictive models, and control variability to improve decision making.
-- American University
Statistics is the science and, arguably, also the art of learning from data. As a discipline it is concerned with the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data, as well as the effective communication and presentation of results relying on data. Statistics lies at the heart of the type of quantitative reasoning necessary for making important advances in the sciences, such as medicine and genetics, and for making important decisions in business and public policy.
-- Boston University
Education in the Statistics discipline acquaints students with the role played by probabilistic and statistical ideas and methods in the many fields of science, medicine, technology, and even the humanities.
-- Stanford University
"Statistics, in a nutshell, is a discipline that studies the best ways of dealing with randomness, or more precisely and broadly, variation" -Professor Xiao-Li Meng
-- Harvard University
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018) as cited by American University, statisticians earn a median annual salary of $87,000.
High schoolers who plan to go to college afterwards can think about how statistics can influence their career.
Research in social sciences is heavily grounded in statistical science, whether it is psychology, political science or law.