career

Report
Career Opportunities
in Statistics
John Borkowski
Montana State University
Panel Discussion
Pattaya Conference on Statistics
Pattaya, Thailand
The world is becoming more and more
quantitative and data dependent.
Many professions depend on numerical
measurements to make decisions in the
face of uncertainty.
Statisticians use statistical knowledge and
quantitative and communication skills to
work on many challenging problems.
My Professional Activities
 In Industry (Dupont Co.)
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Statistical Intern
Statistical Specialist
 In Academia (Montana State University)
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Professor of Statistics
Director of Statistical Consulting Center
Collaborative Research with Scientists
 At a Research Laboratory (Battelle)
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Visiting Faculty Fellow
In the United States, these
problems include:
 Evaluating the environmental impact of air,
water, and soil pollutants (at a research
laboratory, an environmental company, or the
Environmental Protection Agency)
 Designing and analyzing studies to determine if
new drugs and medical devices are safe and
effective (at a pharmaceutical company, medical
research center, or the Food and Drug
Administration)
 Analyzing consumer demand for products and
services (at a consumer marketing firm,
corporation, or consulting firm)
 Designing studies and analyzing data from
agricultural experiments to increase yield and
productivity (at a university or corporation)
Estimating the unemployment rate, economic
statistics, or population demographics (for a
government agency)
 Designing experiments and monitoring the
quality of manufactured products and industrial
processes (at manufacturing sites, at a
laboratory)
 Helping scientists collect and analyze data to
create information and develop new statistical
methodology (at a university, for a government
agency, at a corporation, at a laboratory)
Common Job Activities
 Analyze data to solve problems
 Apply mathematical and statistical
knowledge to solve problems
 Work individually and as part of a team
Common Job Activities
 Travel to consult with clients
 Attend conferences, seminars, and
continuing education activities
 Advance statistical knowledge through
education and research
What fields hire statisticians?
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Agriculture
Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Demography
Ecology
Economics and Finance
Education
Engineering
Epidemiology
Genetics
Insurance
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Law
Manufacturing
Marketing
Medicine
Pharmaceuticals
Political Science
Psychology
Public Health
Safety
Telecommunications
Transportation
Recommendations to Thai Students
Take as many statistics and mathematics
courses as possible
Develop statistical computing, database
and word processing skills
 Get consulting experience whenever
possible
Recommendations to Thai Students
Develop written and verbal communication
skills
Take advantage of internships
Have a background in a second field of
study
Recommendations to Professional
Statisticians
 Develop collaborations between the
universities, businesses and government
1) Help create internships
2) Form a consulting laboratory
 Develop international collaborations
Opportunities within Thailand:
Some Questions to Ask
What issues are most important to
address as a society and as an economy?
What statistical methods are currently
being used to address these issues?
 What data is currently being collected?
Opportunities within Thailand:
Some Questions to Ask
What additional tools and improvements
can be be used?
• More efficient sampling techniques
• More efficient experimental designs
• Better estimation procedures
 Is the information being communicated?
Specific Opportunities within Thailand
(and the United States)
Possible applications of statistics:
1. To improve traffic and transportation
issues
2. To study patterns of agricultural
production
3. To study patterns in tourism
4. To study public health issues
Website
This PowerPoint presentation can be found
at my website:
www.math.montana.edu/~jobo/ppt/index.html

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