According to new data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the number of college students majoring in statistics has almost doubled since 2010, increasing by 95 percent. Other leading STEM majors include computer science, programming and software development.
A LinkedIn ranking of the 25 most in-demand job skills in 2014, based on recruiters’ activity on the site, indicates statistical and analytical skills are number one on the list, surpassing network security (number four), mobile apps (number seven), and data engineering (number 11).
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that statistician jobs will increase 27 percent by 2022, compared to the projected 11 percent growth rate for all other fields. Even the recent surge in statistics degrees may not be enough to fill all those jobs. A report from the McKinsey Global Institute predicts up to 190,000 people will be needed to run big data projects and business intelligence operations in the years ahead.
Apply for the 2015 Engineering & Technology STEM Scholarship
Adecco is once again offering it’s Engineering & Technology STEM Scholarship worth $5,000 for high school seniors intending to major in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics, and college students majoring in STEM paths.
Applicants are required to complete a brief online form and submit an application packet postmarked by March 16, 2015 including the following:
- Official transcript
- SAT/ACT scores
- Signed terms of agreement
- Signed letter of recommendation
- Personal statement/essay
Whether you’re considering a degree in statistics, or any other STEM field, $5,000 will go a long way toward your tuition.