How Knowing and Understanding Stats Can Boost Your Career
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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Sometimes numbers can be quite frustrating, perplexing and boring to decipher or analyze. But we all know that analytics are really what make the world go ’round. How else will you know where you are, what you’re doing or where you’re going in your career if you’re not able to keep track, quantify and determine how to do better via stats and numbers? Check out how seemingly boring stats can help you catapult your career:

They help you make wise decisions when changing gears. Even if you graduated years ago, learning to use analytics can be helpful if you’re ready to make the leap and switch careers. Leaving a familiar job for the unknown can be terrifying. Statistics can help take away some of that fear and replace it with actionable knowledge.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has an Occupational Outlook Handbook that’s beneficial for anyone considering a career change. Use the handbook to learn about median pay, required education and job outlook for different fields. You can search for the fastest-growing occupations or the industries with the most new jobs.

You can use these stats to know what types of positions you’re qualified for, what fields are hiring and what jobs meet your desired salary range. Simply knowing this information can make it easier to step away from your job with less stress and anxiety.

You can work with them for a living. Believe it or not, statistics is a cool career field. Big Data continues to grow as an industry, and pop culture is starting to take notice.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.