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Job opening . . . for a data graphics editor!

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Larry Wheeler writes:

I’m the managing editor at Health Affairs, a monthly peer-reviewed journal about health policy. We publish a lot of statistical graphics submitted with manuscripts from academic, industry, and government researchers. We have a job opening for a new position we’re calling “data graphics editor.” I’ve been having trouble attracting the right kind of candidate. In my search, I may have been leaning too heavily toward graphic design skill sets when perhaps I should be looking in your world of statistical graphics skills. My search led me to your door. Would you have any advice for me on where I might go to get this job posting in front of the right audience of students, grads, or practitioners?

Here are some of their recent graphs:


You can do better, right? Right? So apply for the job—Health Affairs can use you!

This is great. There should be more of this sort of job.


  1. Steve Sailer says:

    I like the nice simple obesity graph in the lower left, although it follows the usual custom these days of randomizing the colors of different racial/ethnic groups. For example, instead of the Black line being black because that’s easy for the reader to make sense of, blacks are depicted by an aquamarine line, because nobody before ever associated blacks with aquamarine, and thus the graph is doing the virtuous work of Fighting Stereotypes by being less comprehensible.

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