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Statisticians

Also called: Senior Statistician, Statistical Analyst, Statistician, Trend Investigator

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 bio-statistics, agricultural statistics, business statistics, or economic statistics. Includes mathematical and survey statisticians.
On the job, you would:
  • Identify relationships and trends in data, as well as any factors that could affect the results of research.
  • Report results of statistical analyses, including information in the form of graphs, charts, and tables.
  • Analyze and interpret statistical data to identify significant differences in relationships among sources of information.

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
  • reading work related information
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
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
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 data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Persistence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • SAS software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
Object or component oriented development software
  • C++
  • Sybase PowerBuilder
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Oracle software

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$75,560
per year, on average
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