Westfield State College
Department of Mathematics
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Mathematical Careers in Statistics

A statistician is a mathematician who collects and studies data in order to better understand our world and analyze some of its problems.

On a more particular level, a mathematician of this type collects information and data about the particular topic that he/she is studying, and then uses his/her knowledge of probability and statistics to analyze and understand this collection of information. Once he/she has done this, he/she uses this new knowledge to attempt to gain a sense of understanding of other applicable situations, where he/she can now predict various probable outcomes. To go about collecting the data needed for the calculations ahead, the statistician might conduct surveys, make models, create test cases, etc.

The degree that a statistician holds is often a major influence on the type of job that they are able to attain. Many employers in this field encourage their employees to continue to further their education, and therefore may offer scholarships or classes within the company. Presently, there is a high demand for statisticians. This may widen one's chance of being hired, but it also creates a more competitive field.


Some fascinating descriptions of what the job of a mathematician in the field of Statistics entails can be found from the following sources: