Statisticians gather and analyse numerical information or data and present the results in the form of graphs, charts, diagrams, tables and written or oral reports. They can manipulate their findings to identify trends and create models to forecast or estimate future outcomes.
Statisticians can work in a number of areas including the financial sector, health services, environmental sciences, forensics, and in education. They are employed by a range of organisations such as the NHS, government agencies, research councils, and universities.
Government statisticians collect, analyse and publish information on all aspects of national life such as population trends, the economy, the labour market, health, transport and crime. This information is used to advise government, parliament and the wider community.
In industry, statisticians have an important role in ensuring that mass-produced articles are of an acceptable quality. They may also predict demand and advise on production plans.
Statisticians' work 40 hours a week, and occasionally longer where project deadlines must be met.
The work is office-based but might involve travelling to other locations to obtain information.
To be a statistician, you should:
A driving licence may be required for some posts.
To get started in this role you will usually need a degree in statistics, maths or a related subject. You could possibly gain entry with a degree in social sciences or informatics as long as formal training in statistics is included within the course.
You may be required by some employers to have a postgraduate qualification and knowledge of statistical software such as Statistical Package for the Social Sciences.
As you gain more experience there is the opportunity to move into management, academic research or work as a freelance consultant.
If you would like to find out more about becoming a statistician that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
Government Statistical Service
Office for National Statistics
1 Drummond Gate
Royal Statistical Society
12 Errol Street