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Data analyst-statistician

Data analyst-statisticians identify trends, create models, collect numerical information and present results.

Annual Salary

£23,000 to £70,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

You could work: evenings; occasionally

4%
Future employment

There will be 4% more Data analyst-statistician jobs in 2025.
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What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

In other industries or sectors, you might be involved in:

  • looking for trends and patterns to help companies make business decisions
  • analysing market research and trends in consumer feedback
  • opinion poll analysis
  • predicting demand for services or goods
  • checking quality control standards in areas like drug and food testing

Working environment

You could work in an office.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a graduate training scheme
University

You'll usually need a degree or postgraduate award instatistics; mathematics; economics; operational research; psychology

Other subjects may be acceptable if they include formal training in statistics as part of the course, for example social science or geography.

Some university courses offer an industrial placement or sandwich year, which allows you to work in industry or commerce as part of your studies. This could be useful when you look for jobs after you finish your course.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
For more information
Volunteering and work experience

The Royal Statistical Society advertise volunteering opportunities, which give you the chance to use your skills to help community organisations and charities. This is a good way to increase your understanding of how statistics can be put to good use in wider society.

Other routes

You can apply to join the Government Statistical Service (GSS) as a trainee through the Civil Service Fast Stream programme. You'll need a good degree pass or postgraduate qualification to do this.

The GSS also directly recruits graduates, and those with equivalent and relevant experience, into positions like statistical officer.

More information

Career tips

Some employers will expect you to have a working knowledge of statistical software packages, like Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).

Further information

You can find out more on careers in statistics from the Royal Statistical Society.

With experience, you could progress into management, move into academic research or work as a freelance consultant.

You can find out more on careers in statistics from the Royal Statistical Society.


Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • maths knowledge
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to read English
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • the ability to work on your own
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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