How to become a 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.

Personal requirements of a Statistician

  • 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

Education & Training for a Statistician

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, arts, business, commerce, computer science, economics or science degree, depending on the mathematical and statistical emphasis of subjects taken. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 7.5%

NSW 34.6%

NT 0.9%

QLD 15.9%

SA 2.9%

TAS 2.9%

VIC 29%

WA 6.3%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 65.8%

Female 34.2%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 44.4%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 55.6%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 42.1%

Above 35 years: 56.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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