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Activity Number: 455
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 : 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Sponsor: ASA
Abstract #321833
Title: Appreciating Statistics
Author(s): Jessica Utts*
Companies: University of California at Irvine

"Appreciating Statistics" as the title of this talk is meant to convey a two-fold meaning. First, as statisticians, we have much to offer, and we need to make sure the importance of what we do is apparent to a broad range of audiences. Historically, we have not held a visible place of prominence with policy makers, the media, the public, or the wide range of professionals who could benefit from understanding statistical information. We all can play a role in publicizing what statistics has to offer and fostering appreciation for what we do. The second meaning I hope to convey is that the value of a degree in statistics and related fields is appreciating in multiple ways. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "statistician" is projected to have the 9th-highest growth rate from 2014-2024 among all professions and the 3rd-highest growth rate among those requiring a college degree. US News and World Report ranked "statistician" as the number-one best business job based on a combination of financial and work-life issues. We need to educate students and those who help them make career decisions about the many tangible and intangible benefits of a career in statistics and encourage a diverse workforce to meet the needs of our profession. The ASA is implementing multiple initiatives to encourage and advertise both types of appreciation of statistics, but as 2013 ASA President Marie Davidian noted, all of us can play a transformative role in promoting our discipline. Find out how you can help!

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