Statistician

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    Statisticians collect, analyze and interpret quantitative data. As a statistician, you will design and manage experiments and surveys and deal with the initial collection of data.
    You’ll process and analyze the data in context, looking for patterns to help make decisions. You will then advise on findings and recommend strategy.

    They work in a range of sectors including:

    • education;
    • the environment;
    • finance;
    • forensics;
    • government;
    • health;
    • market research;
    • sport;
    • transportation.

    Duties

    • designing data acquisition trials
    • assessing results
    • analyzing 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

    Employers typically look for graduates with a degree that has a statistical or quantitative component. Examples include:

    • economics;
    • geography;
    • mathematics;
    • psychology;
    • statistics.

     

    Skills

    • Good IT skills
    • Numerical skills
    • Analytical skills
    • Written and verbal communication skills
    • Self-confidence
    • Good interpersonal skills

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