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Working As A Clinical Statistical Programmer

  • Processing Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $88,559

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Statistical Programmer Do

Statisticians use statistical methods to collect and analyze data and to help solve real-world problems in business, engineering, healthcare, or other fields.

Duties

Statisticians typically do the following:

  • Decide what data are needed to answer specific questions or problems
  • Determine methods for finding or collecting data
  • Design surveys, experiments, or opinion polls to collect data 
  • Collect data or train others to do so
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Report conclusions from their analyses

Statisticians design surveys, questionnaires, experiments, and opinion polls to collect the data they need. Surveys may be mailed, conducted over the phone, collected online, or gathered through some other means.

Some surveys, such as the U.S. census, include data from nearly everyone. For most surveys and opinion polls, however, statisticians use sampling to collect data from some people in a particular group. Statisticians determine the type and size of the sample to be surveyed or polled.

Statisticians use specialized statistical software to analyze data. In their analyses, statisticians identify trends and relationships within the data. They also conduct tests to find out the data’s validity and to account for high survey nonresponse rates or sampling error. Some statisticians may help create new software to analyze data more accurately and efficiently.

Statisticians present the findings from their analyses and discuss the data’s limitations to prevent inaccurate conclusions from being drawn. They may present written reports, tables, charts, and graphs to other team members and to clients. Statisticians also recommend how to improve the design of future surveys or experiments.

Statisticians work in many fields, such as education, marketing, psychology, sports, or any other field that requires the collection and analysis of data. In particular, government, healthcare, and research and development companies employ many statisticians.

Government. Statisticians working in government develop and analyze surveys that collect a variety of data, including unemployment rates, wages, and other estimates pertaining to jobs and workers. Other statisticians help to figure out the average level of pesticides in drinking water, the number of endangered species living in a particular area, or the number of people who have a certain disease.

Some statisticians employed by the federal government are known as mathematical statisticians.

HealthcareStatisticians known as biostatisticians or biometricians work in pharmaceutical companies, public health agencies, or hospitals. They may design studies to test whether drugs successfully treat diseases or medical conditions. They may also help identify the sources of outbreaks of illnesses in humans and animals.

Research and development. Statisticians design experiments for product testing and development. For instance, they may help design experiments to see how car engines perform when exposed to extreme weather conditions. Statisticians may also help develop marketing strategies and prices for consumer goods. 

Statisticians often collaborate with other occupations in the design and conduct of the research.

Some people with a degree in statistics or who collect and analyze statistical data may not be formally known as statisticians. Instead, they may work in related fields and professions. In some industries, for example, they may be known as quantitative analysts, market research analysts, data analysts, or data scientists.

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How To Become A Clinical Statistical Programmer

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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Clinical Statistical Programmer Demographics

Gender

Male

52.1%

Female

33.0%

Unknown

14.9%
Ethnicity

White

52.1%

Asian

39.5%

Hispanic or Latino

4.6%

Unknown

2.8%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Chinese

31.6%

Mandarin

21.1%

French

10.5%

Spanish

10.5%

Swahili

5.3%

Cantonese

5.3%

Bengali

5.3%

Kinyarwanda

5.3%

Hindi

5.3%
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Clinical Statistical Programmer Education

Schools

University of Texas at Arlington

8.3%

North Carolina State University

6.9%

University of Cincinnati

6.9%

Middle Tennessee State University

6.9%

Boston University

5.6%

Johns Hopkins University

5.6%

George Washington University

5.6%

Wright State University

4.2%

State University of New York Albany

4.2%

Emory University

4.2%

San Francisco State University

4.2%

Georgetown University

4.2%

University of Utah

4.2%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.2%

Saint Louis University-

4.2%

Stanford University

4.2%

University of Phoenix

4.2%

Columbia University

4.2%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

City College of New York of the City University of New York

4.2%
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Majors

Statistics

26.5%

Biostatistics

14.5%

Computer Science

14.1%

Mathematics

7.7%

Biotechnology

4.3%

Psychology

3.8%

Pharmacy

3.4%

Biomedical Engineering

3.4%

Information Systems

3.4%

Business

3.0%

Biology

2.1%

Management Science

1.7%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.7%

Economics

1.7%

Chemistry

1.7%

Information Technology

1.7%

Computer Information Systems

1.7%

Information Sciences

1.3%

Computer Applications

1.3%

Public Health

0.9%
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Degrees

Masters

57.1%

Bachelors

23.2%

Doctorate

8.7%

Other

7.3%

Certificate

2.4%

Associate

0.7%

Diploma

0.7%
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Real Clinical Statistical Programmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Programmer Orbis Data Solutions, LLC King of Prussia, PA Feb 23, 2015 $146,090
Clinical Programmer Orbis Data Solutions, LLC King of Prussia, PA Feb 23, 2015 $140,873
Clinical Programmer Green Key Temp LLC Berkeley Heights, NJ Feb 15, 2016 $140,000
Statistical Programmer Orbis Data Solutions, LLC Woodcliff Lake, NJ Jul 26, 2016 $138,264
Principal Statistical Programmer EMD Serono Research & Development Institute, Inc. North Bergen, NJ Dec 09, 2016 $134,000
Principal Statistical Programmer Parexel International Billerica, MA Sep 26, 2016 $130,000
Statistical Programmer Lenox Executive Search/Datatemps, LLC Lenox, MA May 07, 2016 $130,000
Principal Programmer, Statistical Celgene Corporation Berkeley Heights, NJ May 12, 2016 $130,000
Statistical Programmer Techdata Service Company, LLC. PA Jun 09, 2016 $129,394
Clinical Programmer Inventiv Health Clinical SRE, LLC Pennington, NJ Apr 10, 2015 $128,211
Manager, Statistical Programmer Inc. Research LLC King of Prussia, PA Feb 19, 2016 $125,557
Principal Statistical Programmer Computer Solutions and Technologies LLC Laguna Niguel, CA Jan 12, 2015 $125,220
Statistical Programmer PVR Technologies Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 20, 2016 $89,440
Statistical Programmer 2 Quintiles, Inc. Overland Park, KS Oct 24, 2016 $89,093 -
$102,300
Statistical Programmer 2 Quintiles, Inc. Gurnee, IL Sep 01, 2015 $89,093
Statistical Programmer 2 Quintiles, Inc. Overland Park, KS Apr 06, 2015 $89,039
Statistical Programmer II Pharmaceutical Research Associates, Inc. Medina, MN Jan 12, 2016 $89,000 -
$99,000
Clinical Programmer II Pharmaceutical Research Associates, Inc. Blue Bell, PA Mar 23, 2015 $89,000 -
$99,000
Statistical Programmer Parexel International Durham, NC Mar 16, 2015 $89,000
Statistical Programmer II Pharmaceutical Research Associates, Inc. Plymouth, MN Oct 03, 2016 $89,000 -
$99,000
Statistical Programmer 2 Quintiles, Inc. Greenville, NC Sep 28, 2015 $79,125
Statistical Programmer-I Clinical Data Solution, LLC Hamilton, NJ Jul 03, 2016 $78,790
Statistical Programmer II Inventiv Health Clinical, LLC Las Cruces, NM Sep 27, 2015 $78,508
Statistical Programmer I Inventiv Health Clinical, LLC Las Cruces, NM Sep 27, 2015 $78,508
Statistical Programmer I Pharmacyclics, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 26, 2015 $78,263
Statistical Programmer I Seattle Genetics, Inc. Bothell, WA Dec 12, 2016 $78,000 -
$81,953
Statistical Programmer Numbers Only, Inc. Fremont, CA Jul 02, 2015 $78,000

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Top Skills for A Clinical Statistical Programmer

Sas/GraphAnalysisDatasetsStatisticalAnalysisPlansSas/SqlSASProgramsSafetyCdiscSdtmDataManipulationAdamEfficacyDataManagementFDACRFSummaryTablesPhaseIIIClinicalTrialDataProcFreqProtocolSas/StatQC

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Top Clinical Statistical Programmer Skills

  1. Sas/Graph
  2. Analysis Datasets
  3. Statistical Analysis Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Used SAS/STAT and SAS/Graph procedures to create summaries and graphs.
  • Involved in validating and QC of analysis datasets and tables.
  • Implemented statistical analysis plans regarding PK and ECG with biostatisticians.
  • Participated in designing, coding, testing, debugging and documenting SAS Programs and Macros.
  • Trained new bioanalysts on safety issues and how to use safety software.

Top Clinical Statistical Programmer Employers