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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 Latino5.0%
Black or African American1.1%
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Iowa State University11.1%
Arizona State University6.2%
University of Iowa4.9%
Georgia Institute of Technology -4.9%
Ohio State University4.9%
University of Tennessee - Knoxville4.9%
University of Pittsburgh -4.9%
State University of New York Stony Brook4.9%
Western Michigan University4.9%
University of Texas at Austin4.9%
Florida State University4.9%
University of Connecticut3.7%
University of Northern Colorado3.7%
North Carolina State University3.7%
University of California - Los Angeles3.7%
University of Illinois at Chicago3.7%
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|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 -
|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 -
|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 -
|SR. Statistician||Insurance Services Office, Inc.||Brambleton, VA||Nov 28, 2016||$105,500 -
|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 -
|Senior Statistician||Sanofi Us Services Inc.||Bridgewater, NJ||Sep 18, 2015||$95,826 -
|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 -
|Senior Statistician||Millenium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.||Cambridge, MA||Sep 09, 2015||$92,000 -
|Senior Statistician||Sanofi Us Services Inc.||Bridgewater, NJ||May 13, 2016||$90,000 -
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