Let me tell you something else. In graduate school, I scored the highest grade on a midterm in my statistics class, and one of the highest on the final. No one was more surprised than me, trust me. Okay, so maybe statistics is more about data analysis than crunching numbers but still... it's numbers and there is math involved. *Cue Brain Ache*
It was my writing skills that saved me and made me the star. In statistics, there is a surprising amount of writing involved. The data is not just analyzed in conversation--you have to be able to describe the analysis in writing, using clear, precise language, then develop a sound argument that supports your analysis of the data.
When I was a high school teacher, at a vocational high school, a question I fielded frequently was really a complaint: "Why do I have to know how to write? I'm going to be an IT professional!" My husband is a Systems Administrator and he writes almost everyday, since he has to write documentation for the systems he builds and manages, I would tell my students, sometimes to their dismay. I love winning an argument!
Whether you are a data analyst, an IT professional, a businessperson, or in countless other fields that require some form of writing, solid writing skills pay off. Technical writing, qualitative writing, letter writing-- your ability to communicate is important.
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