Is Statistics MS a good background for research in government agencies?
May 23, 2014 1:43 PM Subscribe
Would Statistics masters make me competitive for research analyst jobs in state/county government agencies?
I am interested in becoming a research analyst for a local government agency, such as county department of social services. From my understanding, some of what they do is evaluating whether programs meet state/federal standards. Research analysts come from a variety of social science/psychology backgrounds, but they all know how to run a project, survey, and analyze data using Excel/SPSS.
My plan is to continue working while taking classes toward a Statistics Masters. I have read this question
about statistics vs. social science background. Would a stats master degree make me competitive for research analyst positions? I know that there are PhDs in psychology/social science who are better qualified because they know research methods and have the whole experience of running a project themselves. So my concern is that a masters in stats is not project- or method-oriented enough. But I'm also pretty sure that I'm not going to go for a PhD, for financial and time reasons.
Would a Statistics MS be worth it for my goal?