pdtpuck wrote:Me, a "mathphobe," getting a 94% in my stats class is beyond stupefying.
There are couple of interesting things about stats. In the first place they're pretty easy by comparison to the pure "math" disciplines. This isn't to take away from the aforementioned accomplishment (congrats! revel in the fact that you've kicked the ass off of the beast) but the degree of theory and depth just isn't there and so it's an obvious solution for a non-Kaczynski type (pre-Unabomber days) who needs to cover off a "math" requirement. I know my limitations and this is exactly what I did. And for those among my children who do not have a gift for math I advise the same: go as far in algebra as you can manage and then top up your requirements with intro to stats/probability. Bonus: you'll be able to calculate the likelihood of winning the various lotteries and maybe even will know enough to call bullshit when numbers are misreprepresented in the press.
With a combination of stats skills, some business training, and demonstrable skills in statistical software (e.g. SAS, R, SPSS) there are real career opportunities that pay well and bring the bonus of working indoors and keeping one's hands clean. It's not for everyone, but on those frigid days when the snow removal service guys are slaving with shovels to clear a path to your office you'll be at your desk, snug with a cup of tea, and chatting with your pals about football, the last Alien movie, or where you'll go for lunch. Not a bad living.
Soon I discovered that this rock-thing was true...