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The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

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Statistics

Statistics

Numbers and data can provide great insights into society. There are many potential uses, the census can inform governments plans to build hospitals and schools, managers can track their employee’s work and those donating to charities can track how their money is spent.

Almost every significant decision made in society is informed to some degree by statistics, even if on a very basic level. As the information economy expands, the breadth and depth of the data available has exploded; this has made analysing it ever more complex. This complexity has increased the importance of statistical understanding, as statistics can reveal a lot but can easily mislead if analysed incorrectly.

Statisticians have the skills and knowledge to collect, sort, analyse and communicate data accurately. Questions they understand the importance of include is the data representative of the population being studied? Were enough people or events surveyed (referred to as the ‘sample size’)? What correlations are meaningful? How confident should you be of the results of a statistical test?

But statistics isn’t just for the experts, an understanding of the field's fundamental concepts, such as forecasting, probability, modelling or significance, will help you understand the world around you.

Occupations in Statistics
(sorted by Job Zone)

Statistician / Statistician EU

Collects and analyses information for polls, surveys and other forms of research.

Risk Analyst

Responsible for identifying and analysing areas of potential financial risk that threaten the assets, earning capacity or success of an organisation.

Financial Analyst

Searches for trends in stock markets, and decides where to invest funds to minimise risk and maximise profit.

Data Scientist

Uses strong business acumen, coupled with an ability to communicate data findings to influence how an organisation approaches business challenges.

Actuary

Uses mathematical and statistical methods to assess financial probabilities for projects found mainly in the insurance industry.

Data Scientist

Uses strong business acumen, coupled with an ability to communicate data findings to influence how an organisation approaches business challenges.

Operations Research Analyst

Uses scientific and mathematical methods to analyse management problems.

Mathematician

Uses mathematics to solve problems in industry, commerce and technology.

Big Data Specialist

Works with the collection and analysis of massive amounts of data obtained from computer and internet users.