Welcome to the web site of the Statistics Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP) at The University of Arizona. Here you will find information about our graduate program, the science of statistics, and links to useful resources.
Statistics in the Internet age is an active, computer-intensive endeavor. We live in an "Age of Big Data", where vast amounts of social networking, remote sensing, and consumer activity data await in- depth examination and analysis. Statisticians combine mathematical and statistical modeling with powerful computer technologies to "mine" these data for new patterns.
The modern digital data surge drives society's need for statistical analysts: "It's like an arms race to hire statisticians nowadays,” says Andreas Weigend, former chief scientist at Amazon.com. “Mathematicians are suddenly sexy” (New York Times, How Companies Learn Your Secrets). This echos comments made by Google's chief economist Hal Varian, “I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians, ... and I'm not kidding” (New York Times, For Today's Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics).
A 2011 Jobs Rated report, rated "Statistician" as the "4th best job in the U.S.". A similar 4th best job ranking was achieved in a CNBC report on the "The Best Jobs in America 2011." Both studies focused on strong future hiring outlooks for statistics graduates in the job market.
An earlier 2010 Wall Street Journal article highlighted the need for "more workers with stronger backgrounds in statistics" in the high-tech labor market, while a 2009 report from SmartMoney.com a degree in Statistics ranked among the top 5 majors that can get you a job.
A similar report from PayScale.com showed that Statistics graduates also earn competitive salaries: a degree in Statistics ranked as 11th highest in median salary at mid-career (defined as 10 years from acquisition of the bachelor's degree) among over 70 different majors/fields of study.
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