Statisticians condense large sets of data and numbers into ideas that we can better understand and communicate. They are analyzers and contributors that apply their mathematical and statistical knowledge to real-life situations, from understanding a target market to analyzing the effectiveness of new drugs.
They collect data by designing surveys, questionnaires, experiments, and opinion polls – from the U.S. census all the way down to small, specific groups – then use specialized statistical software to analyze and identify data trends and relationships. Working on teams with engineers, scientists, and other professionals, statisticians often use predictive modeling to get an idea of what the future might look like given several different possibilities.
Statisticians can work in a variety of industries and environments, from chemical labs to marketing firms, but many tend to work for the government or in academia. While it’s possible to get some entry-level positions with a bachelor’s degree, most statisticians have a master’s degree or Ph.D. in statistics with an emphasis in mathematics, education, science or finance. Jobs for this role are expected to grow rapidly at 30% by 2028, driven by the increasing volume of digital and electronic data.