Thanks to the explosion of digital data, statisticians -- who can earn $125,000 at top companies in their first year after receiving a doctorate -- have seen their stature rise significantly, reports the New York Times. At Harvard, Carrie Grimes majored in anthropology and archaeology and ventured to places like Honduras, where she studied Mayan settlement patterns by mapping where artifacts were found. But she was drawn to what she calls "all the computer and math stuff" that was part of the job. "People think of field archaeology as Indiana Jones, but much of what you really do is data...

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