Consulting & Strategy
Statisticians use scientific numerical collection methods to collect and analyse data for use by government or to solve business problems.
What does a Statistician do?
Statisticians use scientific numerical collection methods to collect and analyse data for use by government or to solve problems in business, engineering, healthcare, or other fields.
As a statistician, you would:
- decide what data are needed to answer specific questions or help solve problems
- determine methods for finding or collecting data
- design surveys, experiments, or opinion polls to collect data
- analyse data, market research and consumer feedback
- report conclusions from analyses
- predict demand for products or services
- look at population trends and predict social trends
- advise commerce, industry or government on trends
Key skills and interests
To become a statistician, you would need:
- excellent numeracy
- an analytical mind
- strong skills in data modelling and analysis
- the ability to use statistical software
- a methodical and logical approach
- planning and organisational skills.
Working hours and conditions
As a statistician you would usually work a standard number of hours per week, with necessary overtime to meet project deadlines.
You would be based in an office and would travel to meetings, interviews or forums.
How to become an Statistician?
Entry Level Education
To become a statistician you usually have to study mathematics, econometrics or statistics at university. These areas of study may be undertaken within a mathematics, actuarial studies, commerce, computer science, or economics degree, dependent on the maths content within the degree.
To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
Employment of statisticians is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations.
Growth is expected to result from more widespread use of data and statistical analyses to make informed business, healthcare, and policy decisions.