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STATISTICS AS A PROFESSION. N. Scott Urquhart Director, STARMAP Department of Statistics Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO 80523-1877. OUTLINE FOR TODAY. Questions are WELCOME Start with “Truth in Advertising” What a statistician does Fields of endeavor which use statistics

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## STATISTICS AS A PROFESSION

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### STATISTICS AS A PROFESSION

N. Scott Urquhart

Director, STARMAP

Department of Statistics

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1877

OUTLINE FOR TODAY
• Questions are WELCOME
• What a statistician does
• Fields of endeavor which use statistics
• High school courses relevant to continuing in statistics
• Personal experience with agricultural, ecological and environmental scientists
• My objective today: Interest you in considering statistics as a career
• Come to Colorado State University – good idea
• Other good undergraduate programs exist
• Why?
• Real shortage of trained statisticians
• Environmental statisticians in particular
• EPA funding to CSU – Statistics
• Cooperative agreement CR-829095
• Although people at EPA have encouraged me to visits high schools, I do NOT speak for EPA.
WHAT DOES A STATISTICIAN DO?
• Most practicing statisticians help investigators solve problems
• The problems ordinarily have some quantitative aspect
• Do statisticians mainly sit at a computer doing statistical analyses (tests)?
• NO !!!!!
• My substantial areas of activity:
• Designing responses – how to measure things
• Designing studies – experiments and surveys
• Helping people relate analyses to objectives
• Interpreting analyses
• Planning and/or conducting analyses
WHAT FIELDS USE STATISTICS?
• Manufacturing (Development, QA, & HR)
• From automobiles (Ford)
• To computer chips (Intel)
• To the petrochemical industry (Phillips)
• To aerospace (Boeing)
• To drug manufacture (Bristol-Myers Squibb)
• Medical
• Drug research
• Cancer research
• Health maintenance organizations (HMO)
• Evaluation of medical/surgical procedures
WHAT FIELDS USE STATISTICS?(continued)
• Government
• Environmental agencies EPA to cities (Portland, OR)
• Health – CDC = (Centers for Disease control and Prevention)
• Security – FBI & CIA; Homeland Security
• Departments of transportation
• Agriculture
• Social sciences
• Census Bureau
• National Park Service
• Public utility commissions
WHAT FIELDS USE STATISTICS?(continued - 2)
• Internet usage
• Banking
• Marketing – market analyses
• Publishing (current announcement from Freeman)
• Accounting/auditing
• Statistical consulting firms
• Most disciplines use statistics in some way
• Engineering to literature!
• Psychology to crop science!
HIGH SCHOOL COURSES RELEVANT TO CONTINUING IN STATISTICS
• English