Statistician  What They Do

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Develops or applies mathematical or statistical theory and methods to collect, organize, interpret, and summarize numerical data to provide usable information. May specialize in fields such as bio-statistics, agricultural statistics, business statistics, or economic statistics.

This career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster Administrative and Information Support pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Applies sampling techniques or uses complete enumeration bases to determine and define groups to be surveyed.
  • Develops an understanding of fields to which statistical methods are to be applied to determine whether methods and results are appropriate.
  • Reports results of statistical analyses in peer-reviewed papers and technical manuals.
  • Supervises and provides instructions for workers collecting and tabulating data.
  • Adapts statistical methods to solve specific problems in many fields, such as economics, biology, and engineering.
  • Reports results of statistical analyses, including information in the form of graphs, charts, and tables.
  • Evaluates sources of information to determine any limitations in terms of reliability or usability.
  • Develops software applications or programming to use for statistical modeling and graphic analysis.
  • Evaluates the statistical methods and procedures used to obtain data to ensure validity, applicability, efficiency, and accuracy.
  • Processes large amounts of data for statistical modeling and graphic analysis, using computers.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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