The NYT's Bits blog has a new post on "high tech’s hottest calling:" statistical analysis. The article isn't just about the jobs market, focusing as well on students' increased demand for statistics classes at top universities.
The opening anecdote will be familiar to anyone in the field:
“Most of my life I went to parties and heard a little groan when people heard what I did,” says Robert Tibshirani, a statistics professor at Stanford University. “Now they’re all excited to meet me.”
But the observation that follows it is quite serious:
Computing has become cheap and available enough to process any number of formulas.... What no one has are enough people to figure out the valuable patterns that lie inside the data.