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 wheredetermine the size of the sample to be tested and how the sample will be selecteddecide 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 toolsensure measurement resources are used efficientlyinterpret data and produce relevant statistics to describe or infer particular trends and patternsmodel and predict trends for phenomena such as accidents, pollution, disease outbreaks and economic trendscheck the validity and reliability of statistical models used in applicationsfit models using statistical computing environments and packages and develop, code and run statistical computer programmesdesign experiments and trials to test new methods and productsevaluate 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.