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Motivation and Goals of Statistics

The world is becoming more and more quantitative and data focused. Many professions depend on numerical measurements to make decisions in the face of uncertainty. Statisticians use quantitative abilities, statistical knowledge, and communication skills to work on many challenging problems, such as:

Statistics in Nuclear Physics Estimating the safety and studying the economics of nuclear power plants and alternative energy sources (at a utility company, research laboratory, the Nuclear Regulatory commission, or the Department of Energy)
Human Brain Mapping & NeuroImaging
Human Brain Mapping and Neuroimaging Research are new multidisciplinary fields that demand novel statistical models and analytic tools for quantifying disease, temporal, age, genotypic and neurophysiological variation in the brain anatomy and function.
Evaluating the environmental impact of air, water, and soil pollutants (at a research laboratory, commercial environmental clean-up firm, or the Environmental Protection Agency)
Drug Discoveries using Statistics
Designing and analyzing studies to determine if new drugs and medical devices are safe and effective (at a pharmaceutical company, medical research center, or the Food and Drug Administration)
Labor Statistics
Estimating the unemployment rate in the United States (at the Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Network Statistics
Statistical Modeling of Network load, bandwith, saturation and information flow (e.g., the Internet)
Consumer Demand Index and Statistics
Analyzing consumer demand for products and services (at a consumer marketing firm, corporation, or consulting firm)
Agricultural Statistics
Designing studies for and analyzing data from agricultural experiments to increase productivity and yield (at an agricultural college or agribusiness corporation)
Novel Statistical Techniques
Helping scientists and future scientists collect and analyze data to create information and develop new statistical methodology (at a university statistics, mathematics, biostatistics, business, ecology, or psychology department)

Internships and fellowships are ideal ways to gain hands-on experience in a particular field while still in school. Many government entities, businesses, and industries offer graduate students semester- or year-long Fellowships that often cover tuition, research expenses, and monetary compensation for the duration of the Fellowship.

The ASA maintains a database of internships available at http://www.amstat.org/education/ and a list of research fellowships and grants at: http://www.amstat.org/research_grants.

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