Skills and abilities: A clear understanding of mathematics and statistics. Analytical and problem-solving skills with accuracy, attention to detail, and a methodical approach.

What you’ll be doing: This role is required within a variety of sectors, from government or finance, to market research or sport. Typical day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Agreeing the type of data to collect and the method for it to be gathered
  • Designing methods for collection, such as surveys or trials
  • Presenting results to clients, managers, or regulatory bodies
  • Advising key decision-makers based on results
  • Writing articles and reports for publication
  • Collecting, analysing, and interpreting data whilst ensuring correct decisions are made with the results

Career progression: Careers in statistics provide many areas for specialisation, and statisticians are encouraged to change post every two years in order to be exposed to as many areas of statistics as possible. Positions usually begin at assistant level, and are required to sit on formal promotion boards for advancement. Senior statisticians (Grade 7) can manage branches or provide leadership. Many companies are international, offering opportunities abroad.

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