**What is statistics?**

Statistics is the mathematical science of the analysis of random data. In particular statistics uses knowledge about a sample of people to try to get knowledge about the whole population.

**Statisticians:**

- design research experiments for scientists
- design surveys for polls, businesses, and government agencies
- analyze the resulting data.

Statisticians work in biology, economics, engineering, medicine, psychology, and education.

**What is a problem a statistician might work on?**

To determine the size of the total audience for particular TV programs, statisticians will choose a sample of a few thousand families to ask, develop a survey questionnaire, set the sampling procedure, train the workers who collect the data, and analyze the data on the computer.

**Who hires statisticians?**

Government agencies, drug companies, research organizations. Some statisticians work as consultants.

**Where can you study statistics in California?**

UC Berkeley

UC Davis

UC Riverside

UC Santa Barbara

CSU Chico

CSU Hayward

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

San Jose State University

San Diego State University