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Working As A Survey 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

  • $99,290

    Average Salary

What Does A Survey 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 Survey 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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Survey Statistician Demographics

Gender

Male

52.6%

Female

45.3%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

76.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.1%

Asian

9.5%

Black or African American

1.3%

Unknown

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

77.8%

German

11.1%

Malayalam

11.1%

Survey Statistician Education

Schools

George Washington University

13.5%

Johns Hopkins University

8.1%

George Mason University

8.1%

University of Maryland - College Park

8.1%

Kansas State University

5.4%

American University

5.4%

University of Louisville

5.4%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

5.4%

University of Iowa

5.4%

Pennsylvania State University

5.4%

DePaul University

5.4%

Montana State University - Bozeman

2.7%

Brown University

2.7%

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

2.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2.7%

APT College

2.7%

Indiana University Bloomington

2.7%

Richland Community College

2.7%

Roosevelt University

2.7%

University of Maryland - University College

2.7%
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Majors

Economics

16.9%

Mathematics

9.2%

Project Management

7.7%

Sociology

6.2%

Statistics

6.2%

Public Administration

6.2%

Political Science

4.6%

Business

4.6%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

4.6%

Geography

4.6%

Social Sciences

3.1%

Marketing

3.1%

Computer Science

3.1%

Operations Management

3.1%

Agricultural Operation And Science

3.1%

Public Policy Analysis

3.1%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

Operations Research

3.1%

International Business

1.5%
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Degrees

Masters

46.2%

Bachelors

31.9%

Other

9.9%

Doctorate

5.5%

Certificate

4.4%

License

1.1%

Associate

1.1%
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Real Survey Statistician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Survey Statistician Westat Rockville, MD Jun 05, 2013 $94,016
Survey Statistician III NORC Chicago, IL Feb 02, 2016 $93,966 -
$103,561
Survey Statistician III NORC Bethesda, MD Jul 20, 2011 $92,509 -
$102,509
Survey Statistician III NORC Chicago, IL May 10, 2015 $92,343 -
$112,343
Survey Statistician Westat Rockville, MD Jun 05, 2012 $89,315
Survey Statistician Westat Rockville, MD Jun 05, 2011 $84,802
Survey Statistician/Epidemiologist I National Foundation for Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Inc. Atlanta, GA Dec 01, 2014 $82,840
International Survey Sampling Statistician ICF MacRo, Inc. Rockville, MD Aug 30, 2014 $82,014
Survey Statistician II NORC Chicago, IL Mar 17, 2011 $76,368 -
$86,739
Survey Statistician II NORC Chicago, IL Dec 01, 2013 $76,175 -
$93,820
Survey Statistician II National Opinion Research Center Chicago, IL Dec 01, 2013 $76,175 -
$93,820
Survey Statistician II NORC Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2014 $71,022 -
$118,335
Survey Statistician Leidos Engineering LLC Atlanta, GA Dec 23, 2013 $70,000
Survey Statistician Leidos, Inc. Atlanta, GA Dec 23, 2013 $70,000
Survey Statistician II NORC Chicago, IL Feb 02, 2013 $68,600 -
$114,300
Survey Statistician II NORC Chicago, IL Apr 28, 2012 $68,600 -
$114,300
Survey Statistician II NORC Bethesda, MD Mar 05, 2012 $68,600 -
$114,300
Survey Sampling Statistician Westat Rockville, MD Nov 09, 2016 $66,414
Survey Statistician I NORC Bethesda, MD Feb 23, 2012 $66,000 -
$96,900
Survey Statistician I NORC Chicago, IL Sep 17, 2012 $64,700 -
$96,900
Survey Statistician II National Opinion Research Center Chicago, IL Oct 12, 2009 $62,000 -
$70,000
Survey Statistician I National Opinion Research Center Chicago, IL Jan 10, 2011 $61,667 -
$63,000
Survey Statistician I National Opinion Research Center Chicago, IL Dec 14, 2010 $61,667 -
$63,000
Survey Statistician National Opinion Research Center Chicago, IL Feb 02, 2010 $61,651 -
$81,651
Survey Statistician I NORC Bethesda, MD Jul 15, 2012 $58,100 -
$96,900
Survey Statistician I NORC Chicago, IL Sep 17, 2012 $58,100 -
$96,900
Survey Statistician I NORC Bethesda, MD Nov 05, 2012 $58,100 -
$96,900

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Top Skills for A Survey Statistician

DataCollectionOperationRegionalOfficeStatisticalAnalysisHighResponseRatesSurveyDataSASIncomeInterviewSurveyACSCurrentPopulationManagementTrainingMaterialsAnnualSurveySurveyDesignInternetCustomerServiceLanguageAmericanCommunityDataAnalysisEnsureDataQualitySipp

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Top Survey Statistician Skills

  1. Data Collection Operation
  2. Regional Office
  3. Statistical Analysis
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Direct liaison to headquarters officials in Washington, DC, 11 regional offices, and the NCHS.
  • Utilized project management principles and statistical analysis to mitigate expense and increase efficiency.
  • Supervised statistical survey data collection for multiple programs simultaneously.
  • Create automated reports or other programming and analytic processes through SAS geared toward improving the Foreign Trade statistics programs and data.
  • Managed surveys on income, employment, and crime victimization.

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