Career outlook for statistician
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
Statisticians collect and analyse data, then present their findings to use the date to help solve problems, spot trends or make predictions.
In this role you’d use your knowledge of statistics to design and implement methods of research such as surveys, experiments, opinion polls. You’d then gather numerical data and display it, helping companies to make sense of quantitative data.
For example, information about weather conditions is collected through satellites, barometers, radars, and other instruments located on land, in water and the atmosphere. The data collected is then combined with forecasting and statistical models to provide the detailed weather forecasts that we see every day on TV or on our phones.
Statistics are used in many fields including economics, biology, engineering, public health, medicine, psychology, marketing, education, and sports.
What you might do
- meet with clients to discuss the data required and how it should be collected
- select the best research method to use depending on the information needed
- design research methods such as experiments, trials or surveys
- carry out research, often as part of a team
- collect and analyse the data
- use the statistics to make forecasts
- present your results to others in the most appropriate way, using tables, graphs, diagrams or written reports
- make decisions or predictions based on the results
- advise other colleagues and policy makers of results and decisions
UK employment status
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- Verbal communication
- Written communication
- Problem solving
- Working with numbers
- Attention to detail
- Time management
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