I enjoy data.

Often people get confused when they learn that I want to get an analysis job after learning that I studied Psychology. My degree involved far more statistics courses than it did psychopathology courses (5 compared to just 1). People are multifaceted. In Psychology data is collected in many different ways, qualitative and quantitative. There are surveys, behavioral data, neurological data. Researchers need to account for other factors that could be influencing the outcome. In a program tailored more to future academics than clinicians I got to learn about the art of statistics.

My degree trained me in critical analysis. How was the data collected? Who was it collected from and how many were there? How was it cleaned and who was excluded? Why are they studying this? Who paid them to do it? What theoretical background are they coming from? What analyses are they running and are they appropriate? Is it a repeatable result? We’d constantly need to address these questions in our writing.

For many of my peers, statistics was the worst part of their degree. I came out the other side wanting to make it my career. To me, it’s a discovery. Finding a truth. This blog is a demonstration of me building up my hard skills, so that I can spend my time sifting through numbers, trying to find meaning.