# Statisticians

Database Analyst, Mathematical Statistician, Statistical Analyst, Statistician

What they do:
Develop or apply mathematical or statistical theory and methods to collect, organize, interpret, and summarize numerical data to provide usable information. May specialize in fields such as biostatistics, agricultural statistics, business statistics, or economic statistics. Includes mathematical and survey statisticians.
On the job, you would:
• Analyze and interpret statistical data to identify significant differences in relationships among sources of information.
• Evaluate the statistical methods and procedures used to obtain data to ensure validity, applicability, efficiency, and accuracy.
• Report results of statistical analyses, including information in the form of graphs, charts, and tables.

## Knowledge

### Math and Science

• arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

### Engineering and Technology

• computers and electronics

### Arts and Humanities

• English language

## Skills

### Basic Skills

• using math to solve problems

### Problem Solving

• noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

### People and Technology Systems

• thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
• figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

## Abilities

### Math

• choose the right type of math to solve a problem
• add, subtract, multiply, or divide

### Verbal

• read and understand what is written
• communicate by speaking

### Ideas and Logic

• make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
• use rules to solve problems

## Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.

They do well at jobs that need:

• Analytical Thinking
• Integrity
• Attention to Detail
• Dependability
• Cooperation
• Initiative

## Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

### Analytical or scientific software

• IBM SPSS Statistics
• The MathWorks MATLAB

### Presentation software

• Microsoft PowerPoint

• C++
• R

## Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed