Statisticians design and apply statistical techniques for creating, collecting and analysing data to draw conclusions, inform decision-making and direct policy within areas such as science, technology, medicine, education, business, finance and government.
Duties & Tasks
Statisticians may perform the following tasks:define precisely what is to be measured and decide which information to collect and from where
determine the size of the sample to be tested and how the sample will be selected
decide on the best method of collecting the information, whether by mail-out of questionnaires, experiments or survey interviews (telephone or face-to-face), and create associated measurement tools
ensure measurement resources are used efficiently
interpret data and produce relevant statistics to describe or infer particular trends and patterns
model and predict trends for phenomena such as accidents, pollution, disease outbreaks and economic trends
check the validity and reliability of statistical models used in applications
fit models using statistical computing environments and packages and develop, code and run statistical computer programmes
design experiments and trials to test new methods and products
evaluate the accuracy of the obtained information, represent data graphically and report findings.
Statisticians may work by themselves, but they usually work in a team. The team may include specialists from various fields, as well as clerical and computing staff involved in data collection and analysis.
aptitude for analysis and research
good at mathematics
good reasoning and problem-solving skills
good communication skills
able to work independently or as part of a team.