Statisticians design studies and surveys, and collect, analyse, interpret and present numerical information to assist in decision-making.
Statisticians may do some or all of the following:
- design methods of collecting data such as studies, surveys, experiments and questionnaires
- use statistical techniques and models to forecast results, trends and needs
- identify data trends, and the differences and relationships between different sets of data
- use computer software to make graphs, tables and charts of data
- check data is accurate, write reports and present findings to clients
- provide data to help policymakers.
Useful experience includes:
- any work using maths and statistics
- experience writing coding languages
- work with market research companies
- work with surveys, polls and data analysis.
Statisticians need to be:
- logical and methodical
- accurate, with an eye for detail
- able to focus on client needs
- skilled at writing and communicating complex data to clients
- motivated and able to work to deadlines
- able to work in multi-disciplinary groups
- good at decision making and problem solving.
Statisticians need to have knowledge of:
- statistical methodology and applied statistics
- data analysis tools such as Excel, SQL, SAP and Hadoop, Oracle, SAS or R
- different research methods, including which methods to use for particular types of statistical data
- designing studies and surveys, and analysing and interpreting information from surveys.
- usually work regular business hours, but may also work longer hours to meet project deadlines
- usually work in offices but may have to work outside to collect data, or travel to clients' workplaces
- have to travel around New Zealand or overseas to attend conferences.
NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include economics and maths.
Statisticians may move into management roles.
Statisticians may specialise in areas such as agriculture, conservation, economics or health research.
Years Of Training4 years of training usually required.
To become a statistician you usually need a Bachelor's degree in statistics or maths as a minimum qualification.
Many employers prefer you to have an Honours or postgraduate degree in applied statistics.