Hoy os dejo un post que nos ha enviado un compañero del sector, Eunylson Lopes, que realiza una reflexión sobre la profesión del futuro que ya esta aquí: Estadístico!. Os dejo el texto integro en inglés, sin realizar traducción para no perder nada de su significado. Espero que os guste.
Statistician: The Profession of the Future (That Is Already Here)
Posted by Eunylson Lopes | Jun 10, 2016 | The Profession of Statistics | 0
A profession of a future that we are already in!
If you ever heard that statistics is a profession of the future, now you can be sure that we are already living in this future, which is hungry for information. You could also think: “Information is available for everyone, through networks and databases, magazines, news and the internet.” Well, this is true! But from this zillion of gigabytes available, how do we get the essential, what really matters to business, management and planning of corporations?
Why statistics matters
It is from the statistical treatment of data that we filter real information, information that could determine which direction to take. No one better than you knows that, since things such as the forecasting of election results, population growth, and economic trends started to be systematically studied using statistics, the future has become less unknown. The possibility to predict what is going to happen with a certain degree of confidence just became a reality to us. The science of data makes it possible to minimize errors and get more things right, directing strategic actions in business, government and daily life in order to get more satisfying, expected and planned results. With the colossal data we have today, thanks mainly to the unimaginable capability of data storage in digital systems, statistics travels in oceans of possibilities that were never explored before. You now have everything to become a captain of a great ship!
Today the profession of statistics is a precious thing to corporations, which do not have the luxury of taking action without any level of certainty nor putting their reputation and money at risk in doubtful enterprises.
Certainly you might know cases in which, going against all subjective judgment, statistics has pointed to results that were totally different from common sense, and gets it right! From day to day the importance of making better predictions gets stronger and the statistician professional has seen his or her knowledge being highly demanded.
It was a long time ago when the professional goal of statistics was to work with data analysis in research institutes, only. Powerful companies don’t do strategic planning anymore without prudently considering the work of their statistics team. Pharmaceutical laboratories, universities, business people and fields such as agriculture depend fundamentally on statistical predictions to run their businesses.
Statisticians become great consultants because, by using data, they can calculate behaviors, trends and future affairs. This ability has been in demand for so long! The statistician is the professional that creates forecasts of a scientific base and has seen his or her relevance increase over time.
Opportunities with a high probability of success
The professional opportunities for a statistician are in diverse areas and take various forms. The American Statistical Association identifies the following as areas that frequently employ statisticians: health and medicine, business, industry and government, and various correlated sub-areas such as genetics, economics, epidemiology, computer science and many others.
There is also a great range of opportunity in working with consulting in which statistical services could be done as a freelancer or by contract. Not just big companies are currently paying attention to the information that is generated through the use of statistical methods, but mid-size and small businesses (and even individuals themselves) are also noticing how interesting and valuable information with statistical support is.
Obviously the tools mean nothing without any practical knowledge, and that’s where you come in! Paying attention to the opportunities and identifying situations in which statistics could provide useful information that could improve a process could also generate more demand for and access to your statistical services.
The practice of this service as a consultant in statistics could be a great differential to a professional, since in the beginning of his or her career, any statistician should get experience with real-world situations, which are complex in many cases.
United Statisticians (to be launched in its English version: 2nd semester 2016) lets statisticians that want toexperience consulting, and apply their knowledge in solving real statistical problems (while making money), be a part of its online platform. This way, potential clients can see your statistician profile, see your expertise and the areas in which you are willing to do work. This platform is also perfect for statisticians that want to find more students for tutoring.
It can be said that statistics is a profession of today, and that today has great probabilities of making a better future!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Statistician and entrepreneur in love with learning. My hobby is increasing my degree of understanding and comprehension of things in this world and universe.
¿Qué os parece esta reflexión? ¿Creéis que sucede lo mismo en todos los países o solo en Estados Unidos como indica xxxx?
Muchas gracias por el articulo Eunylson!!!! Thank you!!!
¿Qué os parece su reflexión? ¿Se da la misma situación en España o sólo en algunos países? Me encantaría tener vuestras aportaciones y abrir un debate de este tema tan interesante.