What do they do?

Develop and apply biostatistical theory and methods to the study of life sciences.

Also known as:

Biometrician, Biostatistical Consultant, Biostatistician, Research Scientist, Statistical Scientist

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Statisticians is projected to grow 35 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment in VA

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  • 35.9%

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    Ranks #22 in job growth rate
    150

    Job Openings

    Ranks #15 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (12%)
  • Master's degree  (36%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (39%)
  • Associate's degree  (3%)
  • Some college, no degree  (6%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (3%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (<1%)

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Programming - Writing computer programs for various purposes.

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Analyze data to identify trends or relationships among variables.
  • Analyze health-related data.
  • Present research results to others.
  • Prepare analytical reports.
  • Determine appropriate methods for data analysis.
  • Update knowledge about emerging industry or technology trends.
  • Design research studies to obtain scientific information.
  • Prepare graphics or other visual representations of information.
  • Write computer programming code.
  • Develop scientific or mathematical models.
  • Develop detailed project plans.
  • Monitor operational activities to ensure compliance with regulations or standard operating procedures.
  • Create databases to store electronic data.
  • Apply mathematical principles or statistical approaches to solve problems in scientific or applied fields.
  • Design computer modeling or simulation programs.
  • Assign duties or work schedules to employees.
  • Train others in computer interface or software use.

This page includes data from:

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