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Statistician

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.
  • Working conditions
    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.
    Personal requirements
  • 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.
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