|What does a statistician do?
help to design surveys and experiments. They also collect, analyze,
and interpret numerical data. Some work for businesses and some
work in government.
To give an
example, some statisticians may collect data to learn how safe
new products are. This must be done before the product can be
often use samples to collect information. A sample provides information
about a small group within a much larger group. They can then
take what they learned about the small group and apply it to the
decide where and how to gather the data. They choose the sample
size. They decide about the type of survey. They tell workers
who gather the data how to do their job. They process the collected
data and reach conclusions about the data. They do this with the
help of computer software.
usually work regular hours in comfortable offices. Some have to
travel to give advice to people. Some have to travel to set up
surveys or gather data. Others have a lot of different duties.
These include things such as setting up experiments and doing
fieldwork. Some teach and do research.
|How do you get ready to become a statistician?
with only a bachelor's degree in statistics are able to get entry-level
jobs as statisticians. However, a master's degree is needed for
most of the jobs in this field. Research and teaching jobs usually
require at least a master's degree in statistics, and generally
a Ph.D. is needed. A master's degree and several years of experience
are usually needed to get a job in industrial research.
In 2002, about
140 universities had master's degree programs in statistics. About
90 had a doctoral degree program.
use computers a lot. So, it is very important to have a good background
in computers if you are interested in this field. Good speaking
and writing skills are also needed. This is because statisticians
must often explain their work to others who don't know that much
|How much does a statistician get paid?
half of all statisticians earned between $40,510 and $76,500 in
2002. The lowest-paid 10 percent earned less than $30,380. The
highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $91,860.
salary for statisticians in the Federal Government was $75,979
in 2003. The average salary for mathematical statisticians was
held about 20,000 jobs in 2002. Almost one in five worked for
the Federal Government. Another 16 percent were found in State
and local governments, including those who worked for State colleges
and universities. Most of the other jobs were in private industry.
average growth is expected in the number of jobs in this field
from 2002 to 2012. However, those with degrees in statistics should
have a good chance for jobs in other fields. This is especially
true of jobs that deal with the analysis of data and forming an
opinion about it.
|Are there other jobs like this?
- Civil engineers
and survey researchers
Outlook Handbook -- U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
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