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Statisticians typically need at least a master’s degree in statistics, mathematics, or another quantitative field. However, a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for some entry-level jobs. Research and academic jobs generally require a Ph.D.Education
Statisticians typically need at least a master’s degree, although some entry-level jobs are available for those with a bachelor’s degree. Most statisticians have degrees in mathematics, economics, computer science, or another quantitative field. A bachelor’s degree in statistics typically includes courses in linear algebra, calculus, experimental design, survey methodology, probability, and statistical theory.
Many colleges and universities advise students to take courses in a related field, such as computer science, engineering, physics, or mathematics. These courses can help prepare students to work in a variety of industries. Coursework in engineering or physical science, for example, may be useful for statisticians working in manufacturing on quality or productivity improvement. A background in biology, chemistry, or health sciences is useful for work testing pharmaceutical or agricultural products.
Because statisticians often work with data analysis software, computer programming courses may be particularly beneficial for students.Important Qualities
Analytical skills. Statisticians use statistical techniques and models to analyze large amounts of data. They must determine the appropriate software packages and understand computer programming languages to design and develop new techniques and models. They must also be precise and accurate in their analyses.
Communication skills. Statisticians often work with, and propose solutions to, people who do not have extensive knowledge of mathematics or statistics. They must be able to present statistical information and ideas so that others will understand.
Math skills. Statisticians use statistics, calculus, and linear algebra to develop their models and analyses.
Problem-solving skills. Statisticians must develop techniques to overcome problems in data collection and analysis, such as high nonresponse rates, so that they can draw meaningful conclusions.
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Hispanic or Latino5.8%
Black or African American1.4%
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University of Texas at El Paso6.9%
North Carolina State University6.9%
University of Illinois at Chicago6.9%
Georgia State University6.9%
George Mason University6.9%
Western Illinois University3.4%
University of Florida3.4%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro3.4%
Indiana University Bloomington3.4%
Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne3.4%
Colorado School of Mines3.4%
University of California - Davis3.4%
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill3.4%
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center3.4%
University of Oregon3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Bioinformatician||Dnanexus, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Aug 16, 2016||$123,000|
|Bioinformatician||Mount Sinai Medical Center||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2013||$120,000|
|Bioinformatician II||Duke University and Medical Center||Durham, NC||Dec 01, 2014||$116,438|
|Enterprise Platform Bioinformatician||Seven Bridges Genomics Inc.||Cambridge, MA||Oct 31, 2014||$104,728|
|Bioinformatician III||Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai||New York, NY||Jul 15, 2016||$100,000 -
|Bioinformatician||Natera, Inc.||San Carlos, CA||Jul 09, 2016||$100,000|
|Bioinformatician||Dnanexus, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Aug 16, 2016||$96,000|
|Bioinformatician||Kew Group, Inc.||Cambridge, MA||Sep 14, 2013||$93,000|
|Bioinformatician||VHS University Laboratories, Inc.||Detroit, MI||Feb 23, 2015||$92,000|
|Bioinformatician||VHS University Laboratories, Inc.||Detroit, MI||Dec 17, 2016||$92,000|
|Bioinformatician||VHS University Laboratories, Inc.||Detroit, MI||Nov 07, 2016||$92,000|
|Bioinformatician II||Duke University and Medical Center||Durham, NC||Jan 01, 2016||$91,000|
|Bioinformatician||The University of Chicago||Chicago, IL||Jun 01, 2014||$90,000|
|Bioinformatician||Mount Sinai Medical Center||New York, NY||Jan 01, 2014||$85,000|
|Bioinformatician||The University of Chicago||Chicago, IL||Aug 19, 2015||$77,250|
|Bioinformatician III||University of Massachusetts Medical School||Worcester, MA||Oct 01, 2013||$77,000|
|Bioinformatician II||Children's Hospital||Boston, MA||Sep 18, 2015||$76,960|
|Bioinformatician||New England Biolabs, Inc.||Ipswich, MA||Sep 17, 2013||$75,213 -
|Bioinformatician II||Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai||New York, NY||Jul 17, 2016||$75,000 -
|Bioinformatician||Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||Jun 09, 2016||$75,000|
|Bioinformatician||Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research||San Diego, CA||Jul 21, 2013||$75,000|
|Next Generation Sequencing Laboratory Bioinformatician||Dow Agrosciences LLC||Indianapolis, IN||Apr 13, 2015||$67,908 -
|Bioinformatician||Dow Agrosciences, LLC||Indianapolis, IN||Oct 01, 2013||$67,908 -
|Bioinformatician||University of Mississippi Medical Center||Jackson, MS||Jan 09, 2016||$67,000|
|Bioinformatician||IHRC, Incorporated||Atlanta, GA||Nov 19, 2015||$66,373 -
|Bioinformatician||Mount Sinai Medical Center||New York, NY||Nov 13, 2013||$66,000|
|Bioinformatician||Pieriandx LLC||Saint Louis, MO||Sep 01, 2015||$66,000|
|Bioinformatician II||The Translational Genomics Research Institute||Phoenix, AZ||Jan 09, 2015||$65,326 -
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