Statistics

The art of making decisions in face of uncertainties

Methods that help decision-making in governments and companies


Either in the public or in the private sector, statistical methods are used as reference for decision-making more and more. Because of that, there is a demand for professionals who know how to obtain, organize, analyze and interpret data that arise in a world marked by complexity.

In short, Statistics is a science that uses several data collection methods, presentations, analysis, and interpretation of sets of numerical data. The statistician’s tools are used to help public agencies, such as the IBGE (the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics), to explain what is happening in the country; in the same way, they cooperate with the EMBRAPA (Brazilian Corporation of Agricultural Research) and federal ministries so that they understand aspects of social and economic dynamics. Statisticians may pursue careers in several areas: in agriculture, to develop techniques for genetic improvement of plants and animals; in the industry, to design mathematical models to foresee sales of new products; in science and technology, to systematize the results of experiments and researches.

In finances (banks, insurance companies and other organizations), statisticians evaluate investments and cash flow results, and works with risk analysis. In hospitals and health institutions, statisticians determine, for instance, the risk factors of diseases. They also help research institutes such as Datafolha, Ibope and Vox Populi in election polls to check the political preferences of the citizens. They can also coordinate and monitor drug efficacy testing. On the Internet, they are usually present in the development of search engines, among others.

Within this diversity, the Statistics major offered at the campus located in Presidente Prudente, trains professionals capable of analysis, logical reasoning, critical thinking, and ability to work in team – therefore, able to practice their profession in the most diverse areas.

In 2012, the major was awarded four stars (out of five) again in the list promoted by the publishing house Editora Abril. One of its strengths, besides the traditional classes and strong mathematical background, is the existence of applied disciplines, held in LDI (the Didactic Laboratory of Informatics). In addition, students have access to computers available in the LEA (the Applied Statistics Lab) to perform research and initiatives providing services to the community.

Students also conduct research projects and statistical consulting through the statistics junior enterprise the campus holds, under the supervision of professors. Under the same supervision, they perform a compulsory internship during their senior year in public or private companies. Professor and students also promote research and advisory services in public and private companies in several areas such as health, industry, commerce and education.

The market for statisticians is growing due to the large mass of data available nowadays. Statistical analysis of these data provides important information for decision- making. The profession has the second highest average salary in the country, behind only medicine, according to the IPEA (the Institute of Applied Economic Research).

Where to study - Cities

Campus Period No. of Seats Duration
Presidente Prudente Afternoon 30 4 years

PRESIDENTE PRUDENTE

Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia - FCT

Rua Roberto Simonsen, 305
19060-900 - P. Prudente, SP
Phone: (18) 3229-5388
Fax: (18) 3221-4391
www.fct.unesp.br