In recent years, “Statistics” has came among the one of the best choices among students to choose as their career.
If you are also among one of them, then you are at the right place…. here we will explain you about career prospects in this field.
What is Statistics?
“Statistics is a term which relates to the study of the analysis, collection, presentation and organization of numerical data. Statistics can interpret aggregates of data which are too large to be understood by ordinary observation”.
Professionals, who use statistics to design, collect and interpret data in different fields of industry called “Statisticians”.
Statistics include the field of marketing, economics, biology, public health, sports, medicines and many others. Statistics is a branch of Mathematics.
Statistics can be used in scientific research field such as economics, medicine, demography, psychology, advertising, etc
Well, Statistics would continue to be relevant even in today’s world where we all rely on data to make informed decisions. The scope of statistics is what is applied in making production charts in industries, calculating risk portfolio in banking sectors, used in research for the result interpretation e.t.c. As a statistician, you should always focus on how your work can be communicated to ordinary people who would still understand the information being passed across.
Relevant Skills in Statistics
As one who is working on a career in the field Statistics, you would need these set of skills to succeed as you advance in your career. These include:
- Analytical skills
- The ability to reproduce and interpret data
- Demonstrate an understanding of statistical concepts
- Communication skills
- Problem-solving skills
- Ability to spot and correct errors in the dataset
The Requirement to Study Statistics in Ghana
Candidates who would love to study Statistics in Ghanaian universities offering this course should:
- Pass the entrance examination with excellent grades
- Have Waec results(with good scores)
- Have a Science-related background
- Must be sound in mathematics.
What Kind of Job Can I Get with a Statistics Degree?
With a degree in Statistics, some of the areas which you can work in are but not limited to:
- Financial institutions (eg Banks)
- Manufacturing industries
- Research institutions
- Non-Government agencies e.g WHO, UNICEF e.t.c
- IT-related firms
- Audit FirmsStock-brokerage firms
Work Experience as a Statistician
Because graduates from any field can work in the statistics sector, most times graduates of this discipline are advised to have a masters degree to aid their job searching experience(some roles require masters degree). Volunteering in related position within organisations can also provide you with required work experience in latter roles. You should also consider taking other professional courses tailored to industries where you work in for better understanding.
Universities in Ghana Where You Can Study Statistics
To work in ghana would require that you have a bachelors or masters degree in universities such as: