Applied Stats vs. Biostats
October 4, 2013 5:16 PM Subscribe
How flexible is a master's degree in biostatistics compared to one in applied statistics? Is this even what I want to do?
posted by Comet Bug to education (4 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I am considering applying to master's degree programs in applied statistics. Since my undergrad degree is in a humanities field, and I didn't take a lot of math, a Ph.D. or non-applied master's in statistics is not feasible. I might now have the option to do a M.S. in biostatistics with funding, whereas an applied stats M.S. would most likely not be funded. (Am I underestimating the possibility of funding for applied stats?)
Now I am wondering: if I get a degree in biostats, would I ever be able to get a stats job outside healthcare, or would I be locked into healthcare forever? I think I would enjoy working in the healthcare industry. However, I have a wide range of interests, and I like the idea of being able to switch industries someday if I get bored. In fact, that is one of the reasons I was drawn to statistics in the first place -- the flexibility.
Also, I have one lingering doubt about working as a statistician: I'm worried about sitting in front of a computer all day. Is this a legitimate worry? Any suggestions for fields that would let me make use of stats but incorporate some big-picture work, with a master's degree?