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Why Biostatistics?


The dream job...

Job Satisfaction, Security AND Income!

Fortune publishes lists of the best (and worst) postgraduate degrees annually with data and statistics from PayScale (a careers site) based upon

  • Long-term outlook for job growth
  • Median pay
  • Job satisfaction and stress

Masters of Biostatistics came out Best in Fortunes Best And Worst Graduate Degrees For Jobs in 2016 and The Best And Worst Master's Degrees For Jobs In 2016 by Forbes (with Masters of Statistics second best).

This is up from second place in the Best and worst graduate degrees for jobs in 2015

Although they are US statistics, the results are still meaningful for Australian students and working professionals.


A fulfilling job

this post is for students considering a career as applied statisticians or data scientists Biostatistics: It's not what you think it is, Simply Statistics Blog, 9 Nov 2015


The really sexy job for the 2010s

.. with data in huge supply and good statisticians in short supply, being a statistician has to be 'the really sexy job for the 2010s.

Presentation by Hal Varian - Chief Economist, Google YouTube, 2008


Key players on scientific teams, in high demand

The image of a statistician toiling away in obscurity behind a computer after being handed a pile of data could not be farther from the truth. Almost every biostatistician plays a crucial role in a team of researchers ...

Analyse This, Nature article, 2004 (or view a PDF)


A need for more and better biostatisticians...

The problem of Statistical Significance

There is a replicability crisis in science – unidentified “false positives” are pervading even our top research journals...

One reason so many scientific studies may be wrong - The Conversation 6 Oct 2016

The ASA saw misunderstanding and misuse of statistical significance as a factor in the rise in concern about the credibility of many scientific claims (sometimes called the “reproducibility crisis”) and is hoping that its official statement on the matter will help set scientists on the right course.

Aligning statistical and scientific reasoning - Science, 3 June 2016

Misuse of the P value — a common test for judging the strength of scientific evidence — is contributing to the number of research findings that cannot be reproduced, the American Statistical Association (ASA) warns in a statement released today...

Statisticians issue warning over misues of P values - Nature, 7 March 2016

the "difference in differences" statistical errors are appearing throughout the most prestigious journals in neuroscience...

The statistical error that keeps on coming - The Guardian, 10 Sept 2011 (view PDF)

A shortage of statisticians could delay future health and drug research...

Where are all our number crunchers? - ABC Science, 7 Dec 2004 (view PDF)

What is published in scientific journals may not be as true as it should be...

Sloppy Stats shame science - Economist, 3 June 2004 (view PDF)


Blogs and other things..

Understanding Uncertanty - the site that tries to make sense of chance, risk, luck, uncertainty and probability. Mathematics won't tell us what to do, but we think that understanding the numbers can help us deal with our own uncertainty and allow us to look critically at stories in the media.

Top 50 statistics blogs of 2011 - In deciding which ones to include in our (admittedly unscientific) list of the 50 best statistics blogs we considered a range of factors, including visual appeal/aesthetics, frequency of posts, and accessibility to non-specialists. Our goal is to highlight blogs that students and prospective students will find useful and interesting in their exploration of the field. The Best Colleges





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