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Statistical Assistants

Also called: Actuarial Assistant, Actuarial Technician, Research Analyst, Research Assistant

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Marine Corps or Navy.

What they do:
Compile and compute data according to statistical formulas for use in statistical studies. May perform actuarial computations and compile charts and graphs for use by actuaries. Includes actuarial clerks.
On the job, you would:
  • Compute and analyze data, using statistical formulas and computers or calculators.
  • Enter data into computers for use in analyses or reports.
  • Compile statistics from source materials, such as production or sales records, quality-control or test records, time sheets, or survey sheets.


Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • administrative services


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


  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • group things in different ways
  • order or arrange things
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things


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
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Benfield ReMetrica
  • SAS software
Financial analysis software
  • PolySystems Asset Delphi
Object or component oriented development software
  • C++
  • R


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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