I recently earned a BSc, majoring in mathematics, and am considering an MSc in statistics, but I feel I am missing a big picture view of the stats field and stats education.
I've registered at TS in the hopes that some of its experienced members will share their knowledge regarding the current/future stats job market, the opportunities an MSc in stats provides, recommendations for building a strong educational background etc.
What do you wish you had known before entering the stats field?
If you were in my position today, would you still consider statistics?
Do you feel a stats MSc provides wider opportunities or better job prospects than, say, an applied math MSc? This has been suggested to me by one (math) prof.
I would really appreciate any insights or recommendations you wish to share. I feel the university paints too rosy a picture, so I want to pick the brains of those who have been down this road before I decide to take the plunge.
A little about me: my focus, if any, during my BSc was mathematical biology (calculus, analysis, DE's, modelling, etc). My stats background includes some core first and second year courses, as well as courses in probability & stochastic processes and biostatistics. I am unlikely to pursue a PhD or academia. I would really like to be able to apply my education to my work, beyond "critical thinking".
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