Statistician

Statistician
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Statistics is the scientific application of mathematical principles to the collection, analysis, and presentation of numerical data. Statisticians apply their mathematical and statistical knowledge to the design of surveys and experiments; the collection, processing, and analysis of data; and the interpretation of the experiment and survey results. Opinion polls, statements of accuracy on scales and other measuring devices, and information about average earnings in an occupation are all usually the work of statisticians.

Low-end Salary: 
$39,840/yr
Median Salary: 
$73,880/yr
High-end Salary: 
$199,710/yr
Education: 

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.

Math Required: 

College Algebra Trigonometry Calculus I, II, III Linear Algebra Ordinary Differential Equations Theory of Analysis Mathematical Models

When Math Is Used: 

Statistics is the scientific application of mathematical principles to the collection, analysis, and presentation of numerical data. Statisticians apply their mathematical and statistical knowledge to the design of surveys and experiments; the collection, processing, and analysis of data; and the interpretation of the experiment and survey results.

Potential Employers: 

About 20 percent of jobs are in the Federal Government, where statisticians are concentrated in the Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services. Another 10 percent are found in State and local governments, including State colleges and universities. Most of the remaining jobs are in private industry, especially in scientific research and development services, insurance carriers, and pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing.

Facts: 

Statisticians are hired by professional sports teams to analyze teams and players and to determine the probability a particular play be executed successfully. Statistician was named as the number three best job in The Best and Worst Jobs in the United States in 2009.

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Salary figures from
the current US Bureau of Labor of Statistics website and represent the
90th percentile.

The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is “When will I use math?” WeUseMath.org is a non-profit website that helps to answer this question. This website describes the importance of mathematics and many rewarding career opportunities available to students who study mathematics.


 

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