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Saturday, October 5
Sat, Oct 5, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Concurrent Session - Building Professional Community

Transition from Education to Profession: Experiences of Statisticians (306412)

*Layla Guyot, Texas State University 

Keywords: Statistical Practices, Education

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 (Society for Human Resource Management, 2016) mainly because there seems to be a misalignment between the skills acquired through statistics education and the skills of a statistician required at the workplace (Gibbons & MacGillivray, 2014; Van der Berg, 2017). Indeed, the transition from learning statistics to practicing statistics is challenging because statisticians are developing reasoning and practices that grow out of experience (Pfannkuch & Wild, 2000). During this presentation, participants will engage in an activity to reflect on their experience, identify prevailing practices for the role of statistician and add to the existing literature since statistical practices are constantly evolving. Preliminary findings from data gathered at other conferences (in the United States, France and Japan) will be shared.