Statistics Professionals See Thriving Employment Prospects

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MANILA, Philippines - The outsourcing industry boom has created more opportunities for Filipinos in different fields, taking up a considerable portion of the 1.011 million new jobs in the Philippines as of October.This year, the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) estimates that 84,000 new jobs will be created by the sector.As the industry continues to grow and diversify, jobs other than customer service providers will be added. The knowledge process outsourcing (KPO), in particular, has opened job opportunities that require skilled workers with specific qualifications. One of the professions that the sector can look at - aside from lawyers and nurses - is statisticians."Aside from market research companies, which require statisticians to analyze data for its research, these professionals can work for financial BPO companies, which have begun to locate in the country," said Germaine Reyes, Synergy Business Consultancy managing director. "Despite the profession's decline in popularity, statisticians continue to be sought after by different industries in the country. In addition, statistical analysts are required in most BPOs to analyze and forecast call volume and project resource requirements for clients."According to the 2009 annual report of the UP School of Statistics, the number of undergraduate students produced by the institution range from 80-100. Moreover, according to a paper presented in the 10th National Convention on Statistics (NCS) of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), as of 2007, 18 schools offer academic programs in Statistics. Masteral and doctorate programs are concentrated in Luzon. Furthermore, the number of enrolled students in statistics was dramatically lower than those enrolled in mathematics. As an example, in 2001, over 4,845 students were enrolled in mathematics, while only 1,317 were enrolled in statistics."The youth should recognize that taking up statistics as their undergraduate course presents many employment prospects, not limited to the BPO industry. …