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

Future employment

There will be 5% more Data analyst-statistician jobs in 2023.
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What's it all about?

Your work as a statistician could be used in a number of areas, like:

  • local and national government
  • market research (public sector or government)
  • business, finance and insurance
  • NHS management
  • crime analysis and forensics
  • education

In the public sector, you’ll work for government agencies, research councils and universities.

Working for the government could involve collecting, analysing and publishing information on population trends, the economy, the labour market, transport or crime. The information you produce would then be used to advise ministers, and inform the press and the wider population.

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

You’ll need a degree in statistics, mathematics or a related subject involving maths, like:

  • economics
  • operational research
  • psychology
  • geography

Other degrees, like social science or informatics, are also acceptable if they include formal training in statistics as part of the course.

Some employers may prefer you to have a postgraduate qualification and a working knowledge of statistical software packages, like Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).

The Government Statistical Service (GSS) takes on trainee statistics graduates through the Civil Service fast stream programme. You’ll need a good pass at degree level to apply.

The Royal Statistical Society runs a volunteering scheme, which gives you the chance to gain experience by using your skills to help organisations in the community and charity sectors.

£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.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • the ability to analyse, model and interpret data
  • strong problem-solving skills
  • a methodical and logical approach
  • a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • excellent written and spoken communication skills, including report writing
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