Undergraduate Degrees


Biostatistician

Potential job titles in this career
Associate Director of Biostatistics, Biostatistician, Biostatistics Director, Consultant/Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Principal Biostatistician, Principal Statistical Scientist, Professor of Biostatistics, Research Associate Professor, Research Scientist, Senior Biostatistician/Group Leader

* Additional schooling, certification, or degrees maybe be required for some of the potential careers that are listed.
What will I do?
  • Draw conclusions or make predictions based on data summaries or statistical analyses.
  • Design research studies in collaboration with physicians, life scientists, or other professionals.
  • Analyze clinical or survey data using statistical approaches such as longitudinal analysis, mixed effect modeling, logistic regression analyses, and model building techniques.
  • Provide biostatistical consultation to clients or colleagues.
  • Write research proposals or grant applications for submission to external bodies.
  • Prepare articles for publication or presentation at professional conferences.
  • Calculate sample size requirements for clinical studies.
  • Write detailed analysis plans and descriptions of analyses and findings for research protocols or reports.
  • Monitor clinical trials or experiments to ensure adherence to established procedures or to verify the quality of data collected.
  • Review clinical or other medical research protocols and recommend appropriate statistical analyses.
  • In this career, it is important to know
    Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

    Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

    Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
    It's useful to be good at
    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).

    Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    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).

    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 Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

    Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    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.
    Employment Trends
    Location Pay Period 2017
    10% 25% Median% 75% 90%
    United States Hourly $24.36 $30.88 $40.41 $52.16 $64.29
    Yearly $50,660 $64,230 $84,060 $108,500 $133,720
    Arizona Hourly $21.55 $27.75 $36.32 $44.39 $49.38
    Yearly $44,810 $57,710 $75,550 $92,330 $102,720
    2012 Median%
    United States $40.41 Hourly $84,060 Yearly
    Arizona $36.32 Hourly $75,550 Yearly

    Employment (2016)
    37,200 employees
    Projected growth (2016 - 2026)
    Growing much faster than average
    Projected job openings (2016 - 2026)
    4,400
    * Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
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