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Apply their mathematical and statistical knowledge to the design of surveys and experiments; the collection, processing, and analysis of data; interpretation of the experiment and survey result.
The Job
In business and industry, statisticians play an important role in quality control and in product development and improvement. In an automobile company, for example, statisticians might design experiments to determine the failure time of engines exposed to extreme weather conditions by running individual engines until failure and breakdown.
Work Environment
Statisticians generally work regular hours in an office environment. Sometimes, they may work more hours to meet deadlines.
College Majors
master's degree in statistics or mathematics
Minimum Qualifications
A master's degree in statistics or mathematics is the minimum educational requirement, but research and academic jobs generally require a Ph.D., Federal Government jobs require at least a bachelor's degree.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Good communications skills are important for prospective statisticians in industry, who often need to explain technical matters to persons without statistical expertise.
Quick Facts
  • About 30 percent of statisticians work for Federal, State, and local governments; other employers include scientific research and development services and finance and insurance firms.
  • A master's degree in statistics or mathematics is the minimum educational requirement for most jobs as a statistician.
  • Employment of statisticians is projected to grow about as fast as average.
  • Individuals with a degree in statistics should have opportunities in a variety of fields.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of wage-and-salary surgical technologists were $38,740 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $32,490 and $46,910. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,510, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $54,300.
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