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Working As A Senior Statistician

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

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Statistician 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 Senior Statistician

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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Senior Statistician Demographics

Gender

Male

53.6%

Female

26.6%

Unknown

19.8%
Ethnicity

White

40.4%

Asian

37.8%

Hispanic or Latino

8.6%

Black or African American

7.4%

Unknown

5.9%
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Languages Spoken

French

30.8%

Chinese

23.1%

Spanish

15.4%

Russian

7.7%

Cantonese

7.7%

Mandarin

7.7%

Italian

7.7%
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Senior Statistician Education

Schools

Iowa State University

10.7%

Arizona State University

7.1%

State University of New York Stony Brook

6.0%

Purdue University

6.0%

North Carolina State University

4.8%

University of Iowa

4.8%

Stanford University

4.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.8%

Ohio State University

4.8%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.8%

American University

4.8%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.8%

Western Michigan University

4.8%

University of Texas at Austin

4.8%

Florida State University

4.8%

Syracuse University

3.6%

University of Connecticut

3.6%

University of Memphis

3.6%

University of Northern Colorado

3.6%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.6%
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Majors

Statistics

50.0%

Biostatistics

9.1%

Economics

8.7%

Mathematics

6.3%

Finance

3.2%

Business

2.8%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.4%

Operations Research

2.4%

Management Science

2.0%

Counseling Psychology

2.0%

Education

1.6%

Public Health

1.2%

Political Science

1.2%

Marketing

1.2%

Computer Science

1.2%

Experimental Psychology

1.2%

Mathematics And Computer Science

1.2%

Psychology

0.8%

Sociology

0.8%

Medicine

0.8%
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Degrees

Masters

44.0%

Doctorate

38.7%

Bachelors

7.3%

Other

7.0%

Certificate

1.3%

Diploma

1.3%

Associate

0.3%
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Real Senior Statistician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Statistician Advanced Clinical Holdings, LLC Deerfield, IL Nov 05, 2016 $166,400
Senior Statistician Validus America, Inc. New York, NY Aug 17, 2016 $145,000
Senior Research Statistician Developer Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Apr 18, 2016 $144,996
SR. Research Statistician Developer Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Jun 09, 2015 $135,901
Senior Research Statistician Developer Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Aug 24, 2016 $135,900 -
$137,821
Senior Statistician Natera, Inc. San Carlos, CA Feb 08, 2016 $130,000
Senior Principal Statistician Medimmune, LLC Gaithersburg, MD Oct 01, 2015 $129,830
Senior Research Statistician Developer Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Dec 08, 2016 $128,520
SR. Research Statistician Developer Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Sep 08, 2015 $126,289
Senior Principal Statistician Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation East Hanover, NJ Dec 13, 2015 $122,000
SR. Statistician I Abbott Laboratories Santa Clara, CA Jun 25, 2015 $122,000
SR. Research Statistician Developer Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Jul 14, 2016 $120,094 -
$137,821
Senior Statistician, ICG Client Analytics Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Apr 15, 2016 $120,000
Senior Research Statistician Research Triangle Institute International Parkton, NC Nov 14, 2015 $120,000 -
$130,000
SR. Statistician Insurance Services Office, Inc. Brambleton, VA Nov 28, 2016 $105,500 -
$115,500
Senior Research Statistician Developer Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Sep 10, 2015 $105,215
Senior Research Statistician, Biometrics Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Sep 11, 2015 $105,000
Senior Research Statistician Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Jul 15, 2016 $105,000
Senior Research Statistician Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Jul 21, 2016 $105,000
Senior Research Statistician, Biometrics Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Jul 22, 2016 $105,000
Senior Research Statistician, Biometrics Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Jul 26, 2016 $105,000
Senior Statistician Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jun 09, 2016 $95,930 -
$156,000
Senior Statistician Sanofi Us Services Inc. Bridgewater, NJ Sep 18, 2015 $95,826 -
$141,720
Senior Stattistician Westat Rockville, MD Oct 05, 2015 $95,400
Senior Statistician Forest Research Institute Jersey City, NJ May 10, 2015 $95,000
Senior Statistician, Survey and Population Modeling Altria Client Services LLC Richmond, VA Dec 29, 2015 $94,600
Senior Marketing Database Statistician-Agile at&T Services, Inc. Atlanta, GA Dec 10, 2015 $94,000
Senior Statistician Takeda Development Center Americas, Inc. Deerfield, IL Jul 28, 2016 $93,500 -
$180,200
Senior Statistician Millenium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 09, 2015 $92,000 -
$118,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Statistician

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  1. Wrote SAS
  2. Data Analysis
  3. Statistical Methods
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  • Reworked and rewrote SAS code for a reduced variance estimator increasing its stability and efficiency.
  • Participate on engineering problem solving teams and task forces, leveraging data analysis and interpretation to resolve technical issues.
  • Performed subgroup analysis on multiple projects using a wide variety of statistical methods which included Bayesian Analysis.
  • Carry out data management and modification using SAS, SPSS, S-Plus, SQL, MS Access and Excel software.
  • Review literature article, design clinical trials, provide statistical analysis methods, and conduct technical presentation/paper reviews.

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