Have you ever wondered how companies decide which products to launch? Or how to evaluate whether a traffic light is warranted at a particular intersection? The answer probably involves statistical analyses – and that's why statisticians are in high demand. Statisticians do everything from compiling and creating data sets to analyzing, strategizing and communicating insights to stakeholders of all levels. There is a real breadth to the impact statisticians can make within a company.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently listed statisticians among the fastest growing careers of 2018, and the field is predicted to grow 33 percent by 2026. The number of students pursuing bachelor's degrees in statistics grew 22 percent between 2016 and 2017, with 43 percent of those pursuing such degrees being women, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. UC Davis' Statistics Department Chair, Alexander Aue, notes that statistics is popular now because data is popping up everywhere and there is a need for analysis.