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Working As A Research Biostatistician

  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $83,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Research Biostatistician 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 Research Biostatistician

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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Average Yearly Salary
$83,000
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$43,000
Min 10%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$158,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Carle Foundation Hospital
Highest Paying City
Minneapolis, MN
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Research Biostatistician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Research Biostatistician in the United States is $83,384 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $43,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $158,000.

Real Research Biostatistician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Research Biostatistician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Lawrence, NJ Jan 01, 2016 $124,000
Senior Research Biostatistician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Wallingford, CT Aug 20, 2016 $121,800
Senior Research Biostatistician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Wallingford, CT Sep 01, 2015 $120,000
Senior Research Biostatistician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Lawrence, NJ Sep 08, 2016 $118,000
Senior Research Biostatistician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Princeton, NJ Aug 16, 2016 $116,000
Senior Research Biostatistician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Lawrence, NJ Aug 17, 2016 $116,000
Senior Research Biostatistician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Lawrence, NJ Aug 16, 2016 $116,000
Principal Medical Research Biostatistician North American Science Associates Inc. Minneapolis, MN Sep 15, 2016 $116,000
Senior Research Biostatistician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Lawrenceville, NJ Mar 26, 2012 $115,000
Senior Research Biostatistician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Hopewell, NJ Jul 25, 2013 $115,000
Senior Research Biostatistician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Pennington, NJ Sep 20, 2013 $111,152
Senior Research Biostatistician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Lawrenceville, NJ Sep 01, 2014 $110,000
Senior Research Biostatistician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Pennington, NJ Sep 17, 2010 $99,236
Senior Research Biostatistician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Lawrenceville, NJ Sep 06, 2011 $98,838
Senior Research Biostatistician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Lawrenceville, NJ Sep 22, 2011 $98,838
Senior Research Biostatistician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Lawrenceville, NJ Feb 06, 2012 $98,000
Senior Research Biostatistician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Pennington, NJ Sep 22, 2010 $97,124
SR. Research Biostatistician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Pennington, NJ Sep 23, 2010 $97,124
Senior Research Biostatistician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Wallingford, CT Sep 25, 2010 $97,124
Senior Research Biostatistician Bristol Myers Squibb Company Wallingford, CT May 20, 2009 $85,000
Senior Research Biostatistician Bristol Myers Squibb Company Wallingford, CT Apr 03, 2009 $85,000
Research Biostatistician Bristol Myers Squibb Company Pennington, NJ Mar 30, 2009 $85,000
Research Biostatistician Bristol Myers Squibb Company Pennington, NJ Apr 09, 2009 $85,000
Assistant Research Biostatistician Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Jan 01, 2010 $82,280
Biostatistician Researcher Adventist Health System/Sunbelt Inc. Orlando, FL Jan 15, 2015 $76,107
Assistant Research Biostatistician Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Feb 13, 2012 $76,000
Assistant Research Biostatistician Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Feb 24, 2014 $76,000

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Top Skills for A Research Biostatistician

  1. Data Analysis
  2. SAS
  3. Clinical Trials
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  • Performed data analysis and statistical consulting for Neonatology Department of Pediatrics in Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
  • Use SAS software performing Probabilistic Record Data Linkage among various programs to obtain addition data elements.
  • Assist in problem solving related for issues related to statistical analysis or data management.
  • Documented methods and provided quality control of data management.
  • Developed and selected appropriate statistical methods and software applications for the design and analysis of clinical trials and database studies.

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Top 10 Best States for Research Biostatisticians

  1. Maryland
  2. Massachusetts
  3. New Jersey
  4. North Carolina
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Delaware
  7. Washington
  8. Connecticut
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Research Biostatistician Demographics

Gender

Female

52.9%

Male

32.4%

Unknown

14.7%
Ethnicity

White

46.3%

Asian

31.1%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Black or African American

8.2%

Unknown

3.0%
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Research Biostatistician Education

Schools

Loma Linda University

8.3%

Pennsylvania State University

8.3%

University of New Haven

8.3%

Emory University

8.3%

Purdue University

4.2%

University of Northern Colorado

4.2%

Kansas State University

4.2%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.2%

Harvard University

4.2%

Rutgers University-Camden

4.2%

Ohio State University

4.2%

Washington University in Saint Louis

4.2%

Medical College of Wisconsin

4.2%

Georgetown University

4.2%

Louisiana Tech University

4.2%

Mississippi State University

4.2%

Columbia University

4.2%

North Dakota State University -

4.2%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.2%

University of Puerto Rico-Central Administration

4.2%
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Majors

Biostatistics

27.0%

Public Health

21.6%

Statistics

13.5%

Psychology

5.4%

Advanced Dentistry And Oral Sciences

2.7%

Genetics

2.7%

Computer Applications

2.7%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.7%

Writing

2.7%

Mathematics

2.7%

Management Science

2.7%

Information Systems

2.7%

Clinical Psychology

2.7%

Educational Assessment, Evaluation, And Research

2.7%

Health Care Administration

2.7%

Business

2.7%
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Degrees

Masters

51.4%

Doctorate

32.4%

Other

8.1%

Bachelors

5.4%

Certificate

2.7%
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