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So what’s the big deal about statistics? Most people find AP Stat one of the “easier” AP classes you can take in high school. Is it really that useful? The answer is that stat can probably give you some of the most helpful skills to use in everyday life. Whether it is to determine your probability of winning on a game show or trying to understand how we get amazing stats about our world population size, statistics teaches you all of that. Heck, you can even guess who’s going to win in the national election with statistics! Did any of that peak your interest? Good, now let’s dive into what statistics is.

What is statistics?
In the most basic sense, statistics is data in the form of numerical information. What statisticians, or people who utilize statistics, do is gather, organize, and analyze data into something that gives us new information. The skills that you develop with a statistics major can be applied to every major out there. Everyone uses at least basic statistics in their research and studies. Whether it be in anthropology or economics, you need stat to aggregate and analyze massive amounts of numerical data.

What can you do with statistics?
As stated before, statistics majors are utilized in almost every major. Below are a sampling of career paths you can choose with a statistics major:

  • Academia (Professor)
  • Biostatistician
  • Financial Analyst
  • Mathematics Statistician
  • Research Assistant
  • Statistician

What are some good undergraduate statistics programs?
After doing some research, there aren’t actually any defined list of great statistics programs for the undergraduate level. The general consensus for this topic is the fact that a college or university that offers a statistics major is a good sign and a very marketable major when it comes to finding employment.

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  1. Bryce on August 27, 2013

    When I was a high school senior, I knew I wanted to be a statistician. A prominent statistics professor from Purdue University (a top 10 program) visited my school. He advised me that I should get a pure math degree as an undergrad (of course, taking one or two stat courses). If I still wanted to do stats in 4 years time, I should then apply to masters/doctorate programs in statistics.

    I’m now in my 3rd year of a Ph.D. in Statistics, and I firmly support the advice that was given to me 6.5 years ago.

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