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Statisticians

Statisticians
Quick Facts : Statisticians*
2010 Median Pay$72,830
Entry Level EducationMaster's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201225,100
Job Outlook14% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change3,500


Statisticians design surveys, experiments and opinion polls using mathematical techniques to collect data. They analyze and interpret it to draw conclusions for organizations to use in their operations. Statisticians work in many fields, such as education, marketing, psychology, and sports: any field that requires collection and analysis of large amounts of data.

What Statisticians Do

  • Determine the questions or problems to be addressed
  • Decide what data are needed to answer the questions or problems
  • Determine methods for finding or collecting data
  • Design surveys or experiments or opinion polls to collect data 
  • Report conclusions from their analyses

Work Environment

Although statisticians work mostly in offices, they may travel in order to supervise surveys or gather data. Sometimes they must work overtime to meet deadlines. About one-third of statisticians work for government; many others work for private businesses.
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Job Outlook

Employment of statisticians is projected to grow 14 percent from 2010 to 2020 and in May 2010 .
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Pay

The average salary of statisticians was $72,830.
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Statisticians*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Statisticians

72830

Finance Occupations

59143.0435

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Statisticians*
Percent Change in Employment

Statisticians

13.9442

Finance Occupations

18.39732977618342

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Statisticians

Many colleges and universities offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in statistics. A bachelor's degree in statistics is not needed to enter a graduate program, although significant training in mathematics is essential.
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