Data analyst-statisticians identify trends, create models, collect numerical information and present results.
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5% more Data analyst-statistician jobs in 2023.
In your local area
Your work as a statistician could be used in a number of areas, like:
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:
You’ll need a degree in statistics, mathematics or a related subject involving maths, like:
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.
Starter salary: £23,000 to £27,000
Experienced salary: £40,000 to £53,000
These figures are a guide.
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.
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