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STATISTICIAN/QUALITATIVE ANALYST: I Solve Problems All Day

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Rebecca talks about her career as a statistician. She shares how she got "hooked" on statistics and talks about how she's using her statistical and analytical skills to help companies improve their customer service. Also, for those who think a career in statistics isn't for them because of the math, Rebecca provides advice and her experience with learning and using advanced math.

Degree: Sociology - Demography - Population Studies
Job Title: Statistician/Qualitative Anaylist
Employer: Indepen

Job Summary: Statisticians

Job Description

Statisticians use mathematical techniques to analyze and interpret data and draw conclusions.

Statisticians design surveys, experiments, and opinion polls to collect data. Some surveys, such as the U.S. census, include data from nearly everyone. For most surveys and opinion polls, however, statisticians use sampling to collect data from some people in a particular group. Statisticians determine the type and size of the sample to be surveyed or polled.

Statisticians develop survey questionnaires or reporting forms for collecting the data they need. They also often write instructions for workers who collect and tabulate the data. Surveys may be mailed, conducted over the phone, or collected online or through some other means. Statisticians analyze the data that are collected. In their analyses, statisticians calculate averages, reliability, and other specifics of the data. They also choose and conduct tests to find out the data’s reliability and validity.

Statisticians explain the limitations of the data to prevent inaccurate conclusions from being drawn, and they identify trends and relationships. Statisticians use computers with specialized statistical software to analyze data. Some statisticians help to create new statistical software packages to analyze data more accurately and efficiently.

Statisticians write reports to explain their findings and the data’s limitations. They may present their reports to other team members and to clients with tables, charts, and graphs. Statisticians also recommend how to improve the design of future surveys or experiments.

Statisticians work in many fields, such as education, marketing, psychology, and sports: any field that requires collection and analysis of large amounts of data. In particular, government, health, and manufacturing employ many statisticians:

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Average salary
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$40,000 - $120,000
Projected job growth
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12 to 16 percent
Typical schedule
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Full-time
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Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
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Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Detail oriented, Mathematical skills

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m='12160'>at</span> <span m='12220'>home.</span> </p><p><span m='12630'>And</span> <span m='13340'>essentially</span> <span m='13750'>what</span> <span m='13930'>I</span> <span m='14100'>do</span> <span m='14330'>is</span> <span m='14550'>solve</span> <span m='15160'>problems</span> <span m='15660'>all</span> <span m='16100'>day.</span> <span m='16520'>You</span> <span m='16680'>know,</span> <span m='17600'>somebody</span> <span m='17920'>has</span> <span m='18240'>a</span> <span m='18320'>key</span> <span m='18560'>question.</span> <span m='19180'>It</span> <span m='19260'>might</span> <span m='19490'>be</span> <span m='19820'>a</span> <span m='20090'>business</span> <span m='20540'>trying</span> <span m='20770'>to</span> <span m='20820'>figure</span> <span m='21230'>out</span> <span m='21960'>how</span> <span m='22170'>they</span> <span m='22310'>should</span> <span m='22590'>change</span> <span m='22960'>their</span> <span m='23110'>product</span> <span m='23640'>based</span> <span m='23970'>on</span> <span m='24180'>what</span> <span m='24455'>consumers</span> <span m='24730'>want.</span> </p><p><span m='25150'>Or</span> <span m='25570'>I</span> <span m='25860'>work</span> <span m='26110'>a</span> <span m='26180'>lot in</span> <span m='26420'>health care.</span> <span m='26910'>I</span> <span m='27400'>work mostly</span> <span m='27780'>with</span> <span m='27910'>hospitals.</span> <span m='28560'>They</span> <span m='28660'>want</span> <span m='28830'>to</span> <span m='28920'>lower</span> <span m='29230'>their</span> <span m='29400'>readmission</span> <span m='30060'>rate.</span> <span m='30990'>And</span> <span m='31160'>they</span> <span m='31240'>want</span> <span m='31420'>to</span> <span m='31550'>figure</span> <span m='31880'>out</span> <span m='32435'>which of</span> <span m='32700'>their</span> <span m='32800'>patients</span> <span m='33280'>are</span> <span m='33400'>kind of</span> <span m='33760'>more</span> <span m='34440'>at risk</span> <span m='34700'>for</span> <span m='34960'>being</span> <span m='35230'>readmitted.</span> <span m='35670'>So</span> <span m='36100'>basically</span> <span m='36650'>where</span> <span m='37030'>are they</span> <span m='37320'>not</span> <span m='37480'>doing</span> <span m='37830'>such</span> <span m='38040'>a</span> <span m='38080'>good</span> <span m='38280'>job</span> <span m='38565'>so</span> <span m='38850'>that they</span> <span m='39268'>can</span> <span m='39686'>improve,</span> <span m='40940'>those</span> <span m='41250'>kinds</span> <span m='41490'>of</span> <span m='41610'>things.</span> </p><p><span m='41880'>So</span> <span m='42030'>I'll</span> <span m='42430'>take</span> <span m='42670'>a</span> <span m='42750'>big</span> <span m='43080'>data</span> <span m='43400'>set.</span> <span m='43790'>And</span> <span m='43950'>I</span> <span m='44040'>work</span> <span m='44410'>with</span> <span m='44590'>statistical</span> <span m='45190'>software,</span> <span m='45720'>figuring</span> <span m='46210'>out,</span> <span m='46910'>well,</span> <span m='47140'>what</span> <span m='47360'>is</span> <span m='47570'>going</span> <span m='47860'>on?</span> <span m='48608'>Who</span> <span m='49076'>is more</span> <span m='49544'>at</span> <span m='50012'>risk</span> <span m='50480'>of</span> <span m='50950'>having a</span> <span m='51350'>health care</span> <span m='51910'>problem</span> <span m='52430'>that</span> <span m='52620'>would</span> <span m='52770'>cause</span> <span m='53110'>them</span> <span m='53260'>to</span> <span m='53770'>be</span> <span m='53920'>readmitted</span> <span m='54060'>to</span> <span m='54210'>a</span> <span m='54260'>hospital.</span> <span m='54900'>Or</span> <span m='55500'>what</span> <span m='55770'>is that</span> <span m='57010'>Company</span> <span m='57390'>X</span> <span m='57990'>really</span> <span m='58360'>needs</span> <span m='58980'>to</span> <span m='59870'>change</span> <span m='60380'>about</span> <span m='60630'>their</span> <span m='60740'>product</span> <span m='61260'>or</span> <span m='61420'>promote</span> <span m='61815'>about</span> <span m='62210'>their</span> <span m='62340'>product</span> <span m='62900'>that</span> <span m='63323'>would</span> <span m='64170'>better</span> <span m='64470'>meet</span> <span m='64890'>the</span> <span m='65140'>needs</span> <span m='65500'>of</span> <span m='65860'>Latino</span> <span m='66350'>customers</span> <span m='66940'>or</span> <span m='67210'>African-American</span> <span m='67530'>customers</span> <span m='68240'>or</span> <span m='68940'>customers</span> <span m='69420'>of</span> <span m='69880'>X type?</span> </p><p><span m='70620'>I</span> <span m='70900'>got</span> <span m='71090'>interested</span> <span m='71350'>in</span> <span m='71650'>quantitative</span> <span m='71890'>analysis</span> <span m='72460'>because</span> <span m='72780'>I took some</span> <span m='73020'>sociology</span> <span m='74010'>classes</span> <span m='74550'>as</span> <span m='74750'>an</span> <span m='74870'>undergraduate.</span> <span m='76440'>And</span> <span m='77440'>I</span> <span m='77720'>was</span> <span m='78520'>really</span> <span m='79100'>interested</span> <span m='79640'>because</span> <span m='80160'>you</span> <span m='80300'>have</span> <span m='80420'>to</span> <span m='80550'>take</span> <span m='80890'>basic</span> <span m='81440'>stats</span> <span m='81840'>as a</span> <span m='82200'>requirement.</span> <span m='83260'>And</span> <span m='83390'>I</span> <span m='83440'>was</span> <span m='83610'>fascinated</span> <span m='84140'>because I</span> <span m='84580'>was</span> <span m='85020'>very</span> <span m='85260'>interested</span> <span m='85710'>in</span> <span m='85920'>racial</span> <span m='86220'>inequality</span> <span m='86520'>in</span> <span m='86880'>the</span> <span m='86970'>workplace.</span> <span m='88060'>And</span> <span m='88220'>statistics</span> <span m='88820'>seemed</span> <span m='89100'>to</span> <span m='89250'>me</span> <span m='89400'>the</span> <span m='89500'>best</span> <span m='89990'>way</span> <span m='90590'>for</span> <span m='90690'>you</span> <span m='90850'>to</span> <span m='91060'>basically</span> <span m='91680'>prove--</span> <span m='92490'>at</span> <span m='92650'>that</span> <span m='92890'>time,</span> <span m='93230'>I was</span> <span m='93480'>looking</span> <span m='93750'>at</span> <span m='94220'>the</span> <span m='94570'>earnings</span> <span m='95080'>of</span> <span m='95420'>African-American</span> <span m='96200'>men</span> <span m='97050'>and</span> <span m='98140'>how</span> <span m='98440'>if you</span> <span m='98770'>isolated</span> <span m='99210'>with</span> <span m='99650'>statistical</span> <span m='100200'>modeling,</span> <span m='100625'>you can</span> <span m='101050'>essentially</span> <span m='101610'>control</span> <span m='102200'>for</span> <span m='102400'>other</span> <span m='102590'>factors,</span> <span m='103330'>kind</span> <span m='103490'>of</span> <span m='103580'>like</span> <span m='103780'>doing</span> <span m='104020'>an</span> <span m='104090'>experiment</span> <span m='104425'>in</span> <span m='104760'>science,</span> <span m='105490'>but</span> <span m='105830'>you</span> <span m='105910'>can just</span> <span m='106070'>do</span> <span m='106350'>it with</span> <span m='106590'>math.</span> <span m='107220'>So I could</span> <span m='107590'>essentially</span> <span m='108040'>prove</span> <span m='108540'>racial</span> <span m='108967'>discrimination</span> <span m='110700'>within</span> <span m='111030'>reasonable</span> <span m='111430'>doubt.</span> </p><p><span m='111850'>But</span> <span m='112570'>I</span> <span m='112720'>could</span> <span m='112990'>really</span> <span m='113280'>limit</span> <span m='113550'>things</span> <span m='113810'>out</span> <span m='114150'>and</span> <span m='114590'>give</span> <span m='114790'>a</span> <span m='114860'>really</span> <span m='115170'>compelling</span> <span m='115650'>argument.</span> <span m='116010'>And</span> <span m='116100'>that</span> <span m='116410'>was</span> <span m='117242'>magical</span> <span m='117660'>to me.</span> <span m='118120'>That</span> <span m='118370'>was</span> <span m='118530'>really</span> <span m='118890'>what--</span> <span m='119280'>that</span> <span m='119430'>was</span> <span m='119650'>the hook</span> <span m='119980'>for</span> <span m='120080'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='120840'>Depending on</span> <span m='121150'>how</span> <span m='121360'>you</span> <span m='121660'>come at</span> <span m='122960'>statistics,</span> <span m='124110'>you</span> <span m='124300'>can</span> <span m='124880'>have</span> <span m='125140'>a</span> <span m='125180'>very</span> <span m='125480'>math-intensive</span> <span m='126404'>path,</span> <span m='127766'>if</span> <span m='128220'>you</span> <span m='128350'>go</span> <span m='128789'>through</span> <span m='129360'>statistics,</span> <span m='130289'>like</span> <span m='130660'>a formal--</span> <span m='131140'>like</span> <span m='131480'>if you</span> <span m='131580'>were to</span> <span m='131800'>get</span> <span m='132130'>a</span> <span m='132550'>BS</span> <span m='132980'>in</span> <span m='133120'>statistics</span> <span m='133860'>and</span> <span m='134100'>then a</span> <span m='134150'>graduate</span> <span m='134620'>degree</span> <span m='135010'>in</span> <span m='135130'>statistics</span> <span m='135480'>,</span> <span m='136070'>you</span> <span m='136210'>would</span> <span m='136310'>have</span> <span m='136470'>to</span> <span m='136590'>take</span> <span m='136740'>a</span> <span m='136810'>lot</span> <span m='137030'>of math.</span> <span m='137980'>The</span> <span m='138080'>way</span> <span m='138360'>I</span> <span m='138570'>went</span> <span m='138750'>about</span> <span m='139160'>it,</span> <span m='140210'>I</span> <span m='140390'>was</span> <span m='140560'>more</span> <span m='140740'>interested</span> <span m='141160'>in</span> <span m='141230'>the</span> <span m='141310'>social</span> <span m='141620'>science</span> <span m='142170'>piece.</span> <span m='143020'>And</span> <span m='143950'>the</span> <span m='144060'>math</span> <span m='144480'>and the</span> <span m='144840'>stats</span> <span m='145200'>was</span> <span m='145560'>a tool.</span> <span m='146220'>So</span> <span m='146690'>I</span> <span m='146830'>didn't</span> <span m='147120'>do</span> <span m='147360'>a</span> <span m='147440'>ton</span> <span m='147820'>of</span> <span m='148150'>math</span> <span m='148390'>as</span> <span m='148650'>an</span> <span m='148760'>undergrad</span> <span m='149320'>at</span> <span m='149490'>all.</span> </p><p><span m='150050'>And</span> <span m='150260'>then in</span> <span m='150540'>graduate</span> <span m='151140'>school,</span> <span m='151950'>it</span> <span m='152430'>wasn't</span> <span m='152760'>until</span> <span m='153200'>I</span> <span m='153350'>was</span> <span m='153810'>really</span> <span m='154110'>in</span> <span m='154240'>demography</span> <span m='154780'>that</span> <span m='154970'>I</span> <span m='155080'>started</span> <span m='155580'>thinking</span> <span m='156010'>I</span> <span m='156100'>should</span> <span m='156350'>take</span> <span m='156790'>more</span> <span m='157080'>math.</span> <span m='157830'>So</span> <span m='158400'>with</span> <span m='158670'>basic</span> <span m='159080'>algebra--</span> <span m='159580'>definitely</span> <span m='159890'>I think</span> <span m='160200'>you</span> <span m='160610'>should have</span> <span m='161020'>algebra.</span> <span m='162620'>But</span> <span m='163080'>I</span> <span m='163140'>didn't</span> <span m='163290'>take</span> <span m='163520'>calculus</span> <span m='163880'>until</span> <span m='164240'>I</span> <span m='164270'>was</span> <span m='164530'>in</span> <span m='164630'>graduate</span> <span m='165100'>school.</span> </p><p><span m='165620'>But</span> <span m='165880'>by</span> <span m='166010'>the</span> <span m='166200'>time</span> <span m='166490'>I</span> <span m='166600'>took it, I</span> <span m='167030'>loved</span> <span m='167780'>it,</span> <span m='167990'>because</span> <span m='168270'>it</span> <span m='168410'>was</span> <span m='168640'>real</span> <span m='168955'>to me.</span> <span m='169270'>It was</span> <span m='169450'>a</span> <span m='169520'>way</span> <span m='169830'>to</span> <span m='169940'>understand</span> <span m='171550'>processes</span> <span m='172100'>that</span> <span m='172550'>I</span> <span m='172720'>was interested</span> <span m='173030'>in</span> <span m='174210'>from</span> <span m='174480'>a</span> <span m='174560'>more</span> <span m='175310'>emotional,</span> <span m='176270'>political,</span> <span m='177290'>sociological</span> <span m='178680'>perspective.</span> <span m='179490'>It</span> <span m='179740'>was</span> <span m='179890'>a</span> <span m='179990'>tool.</span> <span m='180760'>And</span> <span m='181030'>then</span> <span m='181330'>I was fascinated.</span> <span m='181720'>I</span> <span m='181860'>think</span> <span m='182090'>if</span> <span m='182150'>I have</span> <span m='182400'>taken</span> <span m='182680'>calculus</span> <span m='183240'>earlier,</span> <span m='183960'>I</span> <span m='184080'>might</span> <span m='184270'>not</span> <span m='184470'>have</span> <span m='184550'>been</span> <span m='184670'>that</span> <span m='184860'>interested.</span> </p>","file":{"id":294038,"video_id":"2700978434001","name":"983-Rebecca-p-Statistician-QualitativeAnalyst1","duration":185619,"thumbnail_url":null}});