Ask a statistician: Why should students study statistics?

If you have been paying attention to the media, you might have heard that statistics is the hottest new field and career choice. According to a recent Wall Street Journal blog post, schools are seeing an influx of students interested in the field. Some students are getting an even earlier introduction since more high schools are offering statistics classes.  The expectation is that this trend will continue. As data grows into big data, the need for data analysis and statistics will continue to grow.  Thus there will an increasing need for people educated in these areas.

As a continuation of our Ask the statistician series, we asked “Why should students study statistics?" The responses are captured in this video:

It's your turn: let us know why you think it's important for students to study Statistics.

tags: ask the statistician, International Year of Statistics, SAS Global Forum, statistics


  1. Zaw Khin
    Posted June 26, 2014 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    Please give me download link for SAS software.

  2. James Davie
    Posted December 18, 2014 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    i am a student in the uk. i have to study statistics as a result of going to a day release college course in motor mechanics, and personally i dislike statistics very much. i don't see a point in it. everything that i have supposedly been "taught" i've already been taught years before that. i am not learning anything new. so what is the point of doing it? especially in secondary school when they could be teaching us useful things like things we need in the real world. i mean, i have no clue how to pay bills or buy a house but thank god i know how to work out the mean average of grouped data and pythagoras theorem.. i personally believe that statistics is a waste of student's time and effort and potential

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