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Job Description

Statisticians design and conduct studies to accumulate, organize and analyze data for practical application, using  principles of mathematics and statistical theory.

Rewarding Aspects of Career
  • Applying statistical analysis within a variety of fields (e.g. agriculture, healthcare, economics, etc.) keeps the job interesting and goes hand in hand with learning about diverse topics and interacting with professionals from many different backgrounds
  • Intellectual stimulation and the chance to be creative when solving problems
  • Satisfaction from determining and communicating useful information that will serve society
  • Provides the ability to think rationally about presented information and take calculated, informed actions that come in handy when buying a house, eating a healthy diet, etc.
The Inside Scoop
Job Responsibilities
  • Design surveys, experiments, opinion polls, or other methods of study to collect data 
  • Apply and/or develop mathematical or statistical models to analyze data
  • Data entering and processing using computers (compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data)
  • Interpret data (e.g. identifying trends)
  • Communicate conclusions drawn from their analyses in written form (e.g. analytical reports), e-mail, or in-person presentations (often with visual/graphical representations)
Skills Needed

Soft Skills

  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Critical thinking/Problem-solving

Hard Skills

  • Proficiency in mathematics and statistical theory

Technical Skills

  • Analytical software: SAS (Statistical Analysis System), The MathWorks MATLAB 
  • Database software: Microsoft Access, Structured query language (SQL)
Different Types of Organizations
  • Government: conducting research to advise policymakers
  • Healthcare: pharmaceutical companies, public health agencies, or hospitals
  • Education: 
  • Teaching and/or conducting research at college/university or even teaching high school
  • Researching and advising Department of Education
  • Businesses/Companies: design experiments that test products to advise developers on their efficiency or advise marketers on advertising strategies and pricing
  • Journalism
  • Private consulting firms
Expectations and Sacrifices

Becoming a statistician requires many years of education, training, and experience which is time consuming and hard work

Current Trends
  • Today, data is collected in such great volumes that statisticians are relying more on computational statistics derived from advanced computers and algorithms, in addition to traditional methods of analysis (e.g. sampling data, interpreting results, etc.)
  • Examples of computational statistics tasks are statistical programming, econometrics, operations research, etc.
2016 Employment
37,000
2026 Projected Employment
41,400
Education and Training Needed

Basic Requirements

  • Master’s degree in a quantitative field (preferably mathematics or statistics)
  • Be advised that a Bachelor’s degree will typically only qualify an applicant for entry-level positions
  • If you have an idea of a field of application you would be interested in working within, taking courses in related subjects (e.g. economics, computer science, engineering, physics, biology, chemistry, health sciences, etc.) is encouraged as it boosts your candidacy for employment within that field
  • Alternatively, taking classes in a variety of these classes may help you determine the field of application you would be interested in 
  • Many employers look favorably upon candidates with a knowledge of data analysis software, and so computer programming courses are also highly recommended

Career Advancement

  • A PhD 
  • Look out for special bundled Master’s programs that allow you to attain a Master’s Degree and PhD in less time than the traditional route
  • Work experience
Things to do during high school/college
  • Take as many advanced math classes as possible in high school
  • Help with statistical research for a professor in college/university (maybe even serve as a TA)
  • Look for internship opportunities during the semester/over the summer
Field-Related Scholarships
  • American Statistical Association Scholarships:
  • Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship http://www.amstat.org/ASA/Your-Career/Awards/Gertrude-M-Cox-Scholarship.aspx
  • Edward C. Bryant Scholarship for an Outstanding Graduate Student in Survey Statistics
  • http://www.amstat.org/ASA/Your-Career/Awards/Edward-C-Bryant-Scholarship-for-an-Outstanding-Graduate-Student-in-Survey-Statistics.aspx
  • Government Statistics Section Wray Jackson Smith Scholarship http://www.amstat.org/ASA/Your-Career/Awards/Edward-C-Bryant-Scholarship-for-an-Outstanding-Graduate-Student-in-Survey-Statistics.aspx
  • Ellis R. Ott Scholarship http://stattrak.amstat.org/2017/12/01/ellis-r-ott-scholarship-2/
  • Ralph W. Shrader Diversity Scholarships https://www.afcea.org/site/?q=foundation/scholarships/HBCU-scholarship
  • Many Colleges/University offer Statistics-specific scholarships
Typical Roadmap
Statistician Gladeo Roadmap
How to land your 1st job
  • Decide on the field of statistics you would like to work within (academia, industry, or government) as well as the geographic location you would like to work in
  • Use these specifications to narrow your job search and make a list of potential employers to apply to
  • Studying the core mission and ideology of potential employers will aid you greatly in job interviews
  • Network with alumni from the statistics department of your alma mater or past professors/supervisors 
  • Job-finding online platforms such as LinkedIn/Monster.com
What it really takes to make it
  • In addition to skills in calculation and analysis, it is imperative that Statisticians are able to communicate their findings very effectively, since ultimately their function is to convey usable information to the public
  • For this reason, many employers expressively seek candidate’s with superior written and verbal skills
Recommended Resources
  • Online magazine
    • http://magazine.amstat.org/ (Membership magazine of the American Statistical Association)
  • Websites:
    • http://stattrak.amstat.org/ 
    • http://thisisstatistics.org/
  • Professional associations
    • http://www.amstat.org/ (American Statistical Association: contains helpful information about jobs, internships, scholarships, etc.)
  • Online career blog: real-life examples of positions and job requirements for statisticians
    • https://www.stat.wisc.edu/careers-blog
Plan B
  • Career statisticians may later transition into academia (for example, teaching as a professor at a university). This career transition may require further education, e.g. acquiring a PhD.
  • Statisticians may also transition further into application areas, such as epidemiology, market research analysis, risk analysis, etc. Previous experience may even help a statistician secure superior/management positions in these areas.

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