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Activity Number: 125 - SPEED: Modernization of What, How, and Where We Teach Statistics Part 1
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, July 29, 2019 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics and Data Science Education
Abstract #304587 Presentation 1 Presentation 2
Title: Transition from Education to Profession: Experiences of Statisticians
Author(s): Layla Guyot*
Companies: Texas State University
Keywords: statistics education; transition; workplace; statistical practices

The demand for statistical skills is growing in many different fields and sectors, and the employment of statisticians is expected to increase drastically. However, employers are experiencing difficulties in hiring mainly because there is a misalignment between the skills acquired through statistics education and the skills required of a statistician at the workplace as statisticians develop practices that grow out of experience. Statisticians met at conferences focusing on statistical practice completed an activity to reflect on their perspective on the role of statisticians at the workplace. Second, participants completed a survey to share their educational background, professional experience, and how they adapted to the workplace. Finally, interviews with selected participants explored the transition to the profession in more details. Results revealed predominant and newly developed statistical skills from the perspective of the practitioners and inform how to better promote an authentic experience throughout education to ease the transition.

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