Questions tagged [careers]

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Mathematician wants the equivalent knowledge to a quality stats degree

I know people love to close duplicates so I am not asking for a reference to start learning statistics (as here). I have a doctorate in mathematics but never learned statistics. What is the shortest ...
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What is a data scientist?

Having recently graduated from my PhD program in statistics, I had for the last couple of months began searching for work in the field of statistics. Almost every company I considered had a job ...
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Having a job in data-mining without a PhD

I've been very interested in data-mining and machine-learning for a while, partly because I majored in that area at school, but also because I am truly much more excited trying to solve problems that ...
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Statistics interview questions

I am looking for some statistics (and probability, I guess) interview questions, from the most basic through the more advanced. Answers are not necessary (although links to specific questions on this ...
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What theories should every statistician know?

I'm thinking of this from a very basic, minimal requirements perspective. What are the key theories an industry (not academic) statistician should know, understand and utilize on a regular basis? A ...
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Things to consider about masters programs in statistics

It is admission season for graduate schools. I (and many students like me) am now trying to decide which statistics program to pick. What are some things those of you who work with statistics suggest ...
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Programmer looking to break into machine learning field

I am a software developer (mostly .NET and Python about 5 years experience). What can I do to help me get a job in the machine learning field or really anything that will get me started in that field? ...
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What do statisticians do that can't be automated?

Will software eventually make statisticians obsolete? What is done that can't be programmed into a computer?
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What is it that a statistician does?

When I tell my non-statistical friends I am a grad student pursuing a PhD in statistics they naturally say "oh so you want to be a professor?". I tell them no I actually plan to work in industry. ...
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Skills & coursework needed to be a data analyst

I am graduating with a bachelor's degree in applied math and I will pursue a master's degree in statistics this fall. There are many specialized fields in applied statistics. I realize I may be more ...
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What data and statistics skills are currently in high demand and where are they in high demand?

I have a job doing data analysis in finance. My current job is such that I don't have much exposure to things happening in the rest of my industry or other industries. I have a fair amount of ...
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Do I have to learn SAS if I want to go into industry?

I am currently a PhD student in Biostatistics (finishing my 2nd year). My original goal when entering graduate school was to go into academia. Recently I have been debating this choice and wondering ...