CHAPTER 1 PROLOGUE: A CAREER IN STATISTICS.
1.1 About This Chapter.
1.2 What is Statistics?
1.3 Who is a Statistician?
1.4 Who Employs Statisticians?
1.5 The Statistical Thought Process and What Makes it Special.
1.6 Many Skills Required.
1.7 Beyond the Workplace.
1.8 Some Downsides of a Career in Statistics.
1.9 The Excitement of a Career in Statistics.
1.10 Embarking on a Career in Statistics.
1.12 Professional Societies.
1.13 A Preview.
1.14 Further Reading.
1.15 Major Takeaways.
PART I THE WORK OF A STATISTICIAN
CHAPTER 2 WHAT STATISTICIANS DO IN BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY.
2.1 About This Chapter.
2.2 Manufactured Product Applications.
2.3 Service Business Applications.
2.4 Process Improvement.
2.5 Further Applications.
2.6 Major Takeaways.
CHAPTER 3 WHAT STATISTICIANS ENGAGED IN OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICS DO.
3.1 About This Chapter.
3.2 The Scope of Official Statistics.
3.3 Examples of the Work.
3.4 Challenges of the Work.
3.5 Research Opportunities.
3.6 Some Major Employers in the U.S. Federal Government.
3.7 Required Credentials.
3.8 Integration of U.S. Government Statistical Activities.
3.9 Local Official Government Statistics Activities.
3.10 Government Statisticians Outside The United States.
3.11 Compensation and Other Considerations.
3.12 Sources of Further Information.
3.13 Major Takeaways.
CHAPTER 4 WHAT STATISTICIANS DO: SOME OTHER APPLICATION AREAS.
4.1 About This Chapter.
4.2 Regulatory Activities.
4.4 National Defense.
4.5 Other Scientific Research.
4.6 Social and Behavioral Sciences.
4.7 Teaching (in Nonacademic Settings).
4.8 Some Further Institutes for Research in the United States.
4.9 Major Takeaways.
CHAPTER 5 THE WORK ENVIRONMENT AND ON-THE-JOB CHALLENGES.
5.1 About This Chapter.
5.2 Receptiveness to Statistics and Statisticians.
5.3 Where do Statisticians Fit into the Organization?
5.4 Two Modes of Operation.
5.5 Grading Systems.
5.7 Hail to Our Managers!
5.8 Some Challenges.
5.9 Women in Statistics.
5.10 Major Takeaways.
PART II PREPARING FOR A SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN STATISTICS.
CHAPTER 6 CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESSFUL STATISTICIANS.
6.1 About This Chapter.
6.2 Analytical and Technical Skills.
6.3 Communication and Interpersonal Skills.
6.4 Ability to Size Up Problems and See the "Big Picture".
6.6 A Proactive Mindset.
6.8 A Realistic Attitude.
6.9 Enthusiasm and Appropriate Self-Confidence.
6.10 Ability to Prioritize, Manage Time, and Cope with Stress.
6.11 Team Skills.
6.12 Leadership Skills.
6.13 Ability to Properly Apply and Adapt Knowledge.
6.14 Passion for Lifelong Learning.
6.15 Further Reading.
6.16 As Others See It.
6.17 Major Takeaways.
CHAPTER 7 EDUCATION FOR SUCCESS.
7.1 About This Chapter.
7.2 The Statistics Advanced Placement Course and Other High School Programs.
7.3 Degrees in Statistics: The Numbers.
7.4 How Far To Go: Bachelor's, Master's, or Ph.D. Degree?
7.5 Selecting the Right School and Program.
7.6 Statistical Education: Setting the Foundations.
7.7 Coursework in Statistics.
7.8 Statistical Computing and Software.
7.9 Some Other Recommendations.
7.10 Internships and University Consulting.
7.11 Entering Statistics from Other Fields.
7.12 Further Resources.
7.13 Concluding Comment: The Limits of Formal Statistical Education.
7.14 As Others See It.
7.15 Major Takeaways.
CHAPTER 8 GETTING THE RIGHT JOB.
8.1 About This Chapter.
8.2 Defining Career Goals.
8.3 Identifying Opportunities.
8.4 Resume Writing.
8.5 The Job Interview.
8.7 Providing References.
8.8 Some Further Hints.
8.9 Assessing Job Offers.
8.10 Major Takeaways.
PART III BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL CAREER AS A STATISTICIAN.
CHAPTER 9 ON-THE-JOB STRATEGIES: PROJECT INITIATION AND EXECUTION.
9.1 About This Chapter.
9.2 Project Initiation.
9.3 Project Execution.
9.4 As Others See It.
9.5 Major Takeaways.
CHAPTER 10 ON-THE-JOB STRATEGIES: COMMUNICATION, PUBLICIZING, AND ETHICS.
10.1 About This Chapter.
10.2 Communication, Communication, Communication.
10.3 Publicizing Statistics (And Statisticians).
10.4 Ethical Considerations.
10.5 Major Takeaways.
CHAPTER 11 GETTING GOOD DATA: A KEY CHALLENGE.
11.1 About This Chapter.
11.2 Designed Experiments.
11.3 Census and Random Sampling Studies of Human and Other Populations.
11.4 Systems Development Studies.
11.5 Observational Studies.
11.6 Hints for Getting the Right Data.
11.7 A Process for Data Gathering.
11.8 Major Takeaways.
CHAPTER 12 CAREER PATHS.
12.1 About This Chapter.
12.2 Some Roles for Applied Statisticians.
12.3 Other Major Roles to which Applied Statisticians Might Aspire.
12.4 Some Career Paths.
12.5 More on Statistical Leadership.
12.6 Contributions Beyond the Workplace.
12.7 Some More Career Examples.
12.8 Putting It All Together.
12.9 Major Takeaways.
PART IV FURTHER PERSPECTIVES: CAREERS IN ACADEMIA AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
CHAPTER 13 CAREERS IN ACADEMIA.
13.1 About This Chapter.
13.2 What Statisticians in Academia do: An Overview.
13.3 Types of Positions.
13.4 Location within the Institution.
13.5 More on Tenure.
13.6 Life Beyond Tenure.
13.7 Teaching Challenges.
13.8 Research Challenges.
13.9 Consulting Challenges.
13.10 Administrative Service Challenges.
13.11 Professional Service Challenges.
13.12 More on the Academic Environment.
13.13 Training to Become an Academic Statistician.
13.14 Career Paths.
13.15 Downsides of a Career as an Academic Statistician.
13.16 Bright Sides of a Career as an Academic Statistician.
13.17 A Career as a Statistician in Academia: A Summary Comparison.
13.18 Major Takeaways.
CHAPTER 14 MAINTAINING THE MOMENTUM.
14.1 About This Chapter.
14.2 Some Internet Resources.
14.3 Formal Education.
14.4 Technical and Professional Journals.
14.5 Technical Conferences.
14.6 Future Opportunity Areas.
14.7 Major Takeaways.