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Statisticians
SOC Code: 15-2041.00

Develop or apply mathematical or statistical theory and methods to collect, organize, interpret, and summarize numerical data to provide usable information. May specialize in fields such as bio-statistics, agricultural statistics, business statistics, or economic statistics. Includes mathematical and survey statisticians.

Sample of reported job titles: Assistant Division Chief for Statistical Program Management, Clinical Statistics Manager, Human Resource Statistician, Private Statistical/Psychometric Consultant, Program Research Specialist, Senior Statistician, Statistical Analyst, Statistician, Statistician (Demographer), Trend Investigator

Tasks

  • Identify relationships and trends in data, as well as any factors that could affect the results of research.
  • Report results of statistical analyses, including information in the form of graphs, charts, and tables.
  • Analyze and interpret statistical data to identify significant differences in relationships among sources of information.
  • Adapt statistical methods to solve specific problems in many fields, such as economics, biology, and engineering.
  • Develop software applications or programming to use for statistical modeling and graphic analysis.
  • Develop and test experimental designs, sampling techniques, and analytical methods.
  • Prepare data for processing by organizing information, checking for inaccuracies, and adjusting and weighting the raw data.
  • Plan data collection methods for specific projects and determine the types and sizes of sample groups to be used.
  • Process large amounts of data for statistical modeling and graphic analysis, using computers.
  • Evaluate the statistical methods and procedures used to obtain data to ensure validity, applicability, efficiency, and accuracy.
  • Design research projects that apply valid scientific techniques and use information obtained from baselines or historical data to structure uncompromised and efficient analyses.
  • Present statistical and nonstatistical results, using charts, bullets, and graphs, in meetings or conferences to audiences such as clients, peers, and students.
  • Develop an understanding of fields to which statistical methods are to be applied to determine whether methods and results are appropriate.
  • Supervise and provide instructions for workers collecting and tabulating data.
  • Evaluate sources of information to determine any limitations, in terms of reliability or usability.
  • Apply sampling techniques or use complete enumeration bases to determine and define groups to be surveyed.
  • Examine theories, such as those of probability and inference, to discover mathematical bases for new or improved methods of obtaining and evaluating numerical data.
  • Report results of statistical analyses in peer-reviewed papers and technical manuals.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - Aptech Systems GAUSS; SAS ; The MathWorks MATLAB ; XLISP-STAT (see all 35 examples)
  • Business intelligence and data analysis software - Qlik Tech QlikView ; Tableau
  • Data base management system software - Apache Hadoop ; Apache Pig ; Teradata Database
  • Data base user interface and query software - IBM DB2; Microsoft Access ; Structured query language SQL
  • Data mining software - Angoss KnowledgeSEEKER; NCR Teradata Warehouse Miner; SAS Enterprise Miner
  • Development environment software - Common business oriented language COBOL ; Formula translation/translator FORTRAN; Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Enterprise application integration software - SAS/CONNECT
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - SAP
  • Object or component oriented development software - C++ ; Python ; R ; SAP PowerBuilder (see all 5 examples)
  • Object oriented data base management software - Microsoft Visual FoxPro
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software - Linux ; UNIX
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Desktop computers
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Personal computers

Knowledge

  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills

  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Programming - Writing computer programs for various purposes.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Abilities

  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Speed of Closure - The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.

Interests

  • Interest code: CI
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work Context

  • Spend Time Sitting - 92% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Electronic Mail - 76% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 72% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 52% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 48% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 80% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 52% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 64% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 60% responded “40 hours.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 52% responded “Important results.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 40% responded “Very important.”
  • Contact With Others - 60% responded “Contact with others about half the time.”
  • Letters and Memos - 56% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Level of Competition - 52% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Time Pressure - 52% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 36% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
48%Master's degree
28%Bachelor's degree
20%Doctoral degree

Work Styles

  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

Work Values

  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Recognition - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $40.41 hourly, $84,060 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 37,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Much faster than average (15% or higher)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 4,400

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