Finance & accounting

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 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 40

4%
Future employment

There will be 4% more Data analyst-statistician jobs in 2024.
In your local area

What's it all about?

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

University

You'll usually need a degree or postgraduate award in

  • statistics
  • 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.

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C)
  • at least 2 A levels, including maths
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

£23,000 to £70,000

Starter salary: £23,000 to £27,000

Experienced salary: £40,000 to £53,000

These figures are a guide.

37 to 40

You’ll usually be office-based, but might travel to other locations to collect data.

You’ll usually work around 37 to 40 hours a week, and occasionally longer to meet project deadlines.

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

The Royal Statistical Society runs a volunteering scheme, which gives 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.

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.

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


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
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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