Statistics is the Fastest-Growing Undergrad STEM Degree

(Article courtesy of the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association newsletter)

The ASA analyzed data compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and found that Statistics is the fastest-growing undergrad STEM degree, even ahead of Computer Science. Overall, the number of statistics bachelor’s degrees has grown from 526 in 2003 to 1,678 in 2013.

Surprised? Probably not. The Big Data/data science hype is certainly having an effect on education programs, and no doubt influencing students to choose Statistics due to the hot job market. It probably doesn’t hurt that “statistical analysis and data mining” were ranked #1 on LinkedIn’s list of the 25 hottest skills.