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Statisticians collect, analyse and interpret quantitative data.

A statistician gathers numerical data and then displays it, helping companies to make sense of quantitative data and to spot trends and make predictions.  

Typical responsibilities of the job include: 

  • designing data acquisition trials

  • assessing results

  • analysing trends

  • applying statistical methodology to complex data

  • acting in a consultancy capacity

  • designing and implementing data gathering/management computer systems and software

  • supervising junior statistical staff

  • using statistics to make forecasts and to provide projected figures

  • presenting information in a variety of formats

  • conveying complex information to people who may not be specialists

  • liaising with colleagues

  • attending meetings


Qualifications and training required


To become a statistician you will normally need a degree. For graduates, a degree in a numerate discipline such as statistics, economics or mathematics is normally required. A relevant postgraduate qualification is essential for graduates without appropriate first degrees, and for research and medical statistics posts. Prior relevant work experience, while beneficial, is not usually required.


Key skills for statisticians


  • Good IT skills

  • Numerical skills

  • Analytical skills

  • Written and verbal communication skills

  • Self-confidence

  • Good interpersonal skills


Typical employers of statisticians


  • Market research companies

  • Governmental Statistical Service (GSS)

  • Office for National Statistics (ONS)

  • Hospitals

  • Department of Health

  • Regional health authorities

  • Medical registries

  • Industrial, pharmaceutical and commercial companies

  • Publicly funded research councils

  • Educational bodies



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