Statisticians are mathematical specialists that have a love of working with numbers and using numbers to logically solve problems and make predictions about the future. Drawing on their background in probability and sampling statisticians determine what types of information will be gathered tabulated analyzed. They must have excellent written and verbal skills because it is their responsibility to interpret their numerical findings and make recommendations to employers or clients. Statisticians work for the government for industrial research and marketing departments for scientific public health political and engineering organizations and for the insurance industry. Most statisticians work in an office environment and depending on the specific job position they may be under pressure to meet deadlines. Statisticians who are focused on theoretical issues often work in academic settings such as colleges and universities. Statisticians need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in statistics or applied mathematics. Depending on the field in which they work they may need an additional degree or experience in subjects such as economics business or health care. Most jobs for those with bachelor’s degrees are routine. For more advanced jobs statisticians need a master’s degree and those who aspire to academic positions at universities must have a doctoral degree. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that there will be an average job growth for statisticians and new technologies will result in a consistent demand for their skills. The average salary earned is approximately $75000 and for many jobs there are benefits such as paid holidays and vacations retirement plans and health insurance.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $75000
High Salary: $95000
Low Salary: $55000
Tasks: Collects numerical data.
Analyzes numbers to form conclusions.
Designs surveys.
Conducts research.
Also Called: Mathematical Specialist
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