STATISTICIANS apply the scientific application of mathematical principles to the collection, analysis, and presentation of numerical data. They design surveys and experiments; collect, process, and analyze data; and interpret results. They may predict population growth, unemployment, or economic conditions; develop quality control tests for manufactured products; assess the nature of environmental problems; analyze legal and social problems; or determine the safety of medicines. Some statisticians develop new statistical methods. They use computers to process large amounts of data for statistical modeling and graphic analysis.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $74,000 average per year ($35.50 per hour)
- A small occupation (22,800 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.3% per year)
A master's degree in statistics or math is the minimum requirement for STATISTICIAN jobs. Research and academic positions in colleges and universities may also need a Ph.D. in statistics. Beginning positions in industrial research may also need several years of experience. A strong background in computer science is highly recommended. Training in engineering and physical science is useful. A background in biological, chemical, or health science is important. Courses in economics and business administration are helpful for many jobs in market research. etc.