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Biostatisticians

Also called: Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Biostatistician, Professor of Biostatistics, Biostatistics Director

What they do:
Develop and apply biostatistical theory and methods to the study of life sciences.
On the job, you would:
  • Design research studies in collaboration with physicians, life scientists, or other professionals.
  • Draw conclusions or make predictions based on data summaries or statistical analyses.
  • Provide biostatistical consultation to clients or colleagues.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Health
  • medicine and dentistry

Skills

Basic Skills
  • using math to solve problems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
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
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
Verbal
  • communicate by writing
  • read and understand what is written

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
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • SAS software
  • SPSS software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Clinical trials database software
  • Patient monitoring systems
Operating system software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • UNIX

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
doctoral 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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