Statistics change numbers into information. Statistics is the art and science of deciding what data to collect, deciding how to collect them efficiently and then using them to answer questions, draw conclusions and identify solutions. Statistics help us make better decisions; this is most obvious where there is uncertainty or many options to consider. Statistics are everywhere. Basic statistics skills will help you make sense of the information presented to you at home, at work, in the media and elsewhere. Being able to make sense of this information will help you when faced with decisions. The opportunities that present themselves when you are equipped with the skills required to be a Statistician are endless. You are able to work with data, understand, refine and communicate this information to others. These sites will give you a little more information, both for general interest and if you are considering pursuing a career or qualification in statistics:
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http://www.careersinstatistics.co.uk Hosted by the Royal Statistical Society this site contains lots of information on statistics, job profiles, courses and qualifications you should aim for if you are interested in pursuing a career in one of the many areas where Statisticians work.
http://www.getstats.org.uk UK site of the 10 year campaign mounted by the Royal Statistical Society with the support of the Nuffield Foundation to improve how we handle numbers in daily life, business, government and the media.
http://www.gapminder.org A fantastic site with graphics, animations, and other resources to help make sense of vast amounts of data and statistics available about global health and wealth.
http://www.worldofstatistics.org/ lots of links and a great starting point for an investigation of where and how statistics are generated and used worldwide.
These links are intended as a starting point for your investigations. If you come across other sites or resources you think should be included please send us a link: firstname.lastname@example.org
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