Students who complete the Ph.D. usually work as statistical consultants or teach in universities. There has been, and continues to be, a shortage of statistical consultants. The work is varied and challenging: consultants provide advise on the design of research projects, analyze data, and assist researchers in preparing research reports. Statistical consultants may consult with experimenters in a variety of scientific areas. However, the majority of statistical consultants work with physicians and medical researchers. The federal government also is a major employer of statistical consultants. Statistical consultants with an entrepreneural bent can form their own consulting companies and provide services to clients in industry and government.
The most successful statistical consultants have skill in working with people, numbers, and computers-and in that order. Undergraduates who want to pursue a career as a statistical consultant should take courses in counseling, personality theory, statistics, tests and measurement, calculus, and computer programming.
Psy. 2402 Statistics
Psy. 2403 Psychology Testing and Measurement
Psy 3308 Theories of Psychotherapy/Counseling
Psy. 4300 Advanced Statistics I
Psy. 4327 Theories of Personality
Mth. 1321 Calculus I
Mth. 1322 Calculus II
Mth. 2321 Calculus III
Csi. 1330 Introduction to Computer Science I
Csi. 1340 Introduction to Computer Science II