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

What they do:
Develop and apply biostatistical theory and methods to the study of life sciences.
On the job, you would:
  • Draw conclusions or make predictions based on data summaries or statistical analyses.
  • Design research studies in collaboration with physicians, life scientists, or other professionals.
  • Analyze clinical or survey data using statistical approaches such as longitudinal analysis, mixed effect modeling, logistic regression analyses, and model building techniques.


Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


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


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


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • SAS software
  • StataCorp Stata
Data base user interface and query software
  • Clinical trials database software
  • Patient monitoring systems
Object or component oriented development software
  • C++
  • R


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

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