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"…the sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians…"

That's a quote from Hal Varian, Google’s Chief Economist. It surfaced in an online interview months ago, but it's been getting a lot of play lately.

Mr. Varian goes on to say:

The ability to take data—to be able to understand it, to process it, to extract value from it, to visualize it, to communicate it—that’s going to be a hugely important skill.

I completely agree. But wait, I'm not a statistician. I'm a computer programmer. What does the future hold for my profession? Mr. Varian, in the same interview, says this:

People think I’m joking, but who would’ve guessed that computer engineers would’ve been the sexy job of the 1990s?

Really? The 1990s? The decade flew by and I don't think I appreciated the sexiness of my job. Opportunity lost, I guess.

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Chris Hemedinger

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+Chris Hemedinger is the manager of SAS Online Communities. Since 1993, Chris has worked for SAS as an author, a software developer, an R&D manager and a consultant. Inexplicably, Chris is still coasting on the limited fame he earned as an author of SAS For Dummies.  He also hosts the SAS Tech Talk webcasts each year from SAS Global Forum, connecting viewers with smart people from SAS R&D and the impressive work that they do.

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