Statisticians use statistical methods to collect and analyze data and to help solve real-world problems in business, engineering, healthcare, or other fields.
About a third of statisticians work for the federal government or for scientific research and development companies. Although statisticians work mostly in offices, they may travel to collect data or to oversee a survey’s design or implementation.
How to Become a Statistician
Statisticians typically need at least a master’s degree in statistics, mathematics, or another quantitative field. However, a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for some entry-level jobs.
Employment of statisticians is projected to grow 34 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected to result from more widespread use of statistical analysis to make informed business and healthcare decisions.
This occupation supported 27,600 jobs in 2012 and 30,000 jobs in 2014, reflecting an increase of 8.7%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to increase by 26.4% in 2022 to 34,900 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 29,000, compared with an observed value of 30,000, 3.4% higher than expected. This indicates current employment trends are better than the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to increase by 36.6% in 2024 to 40,100 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 36,300 jobs for 2024, 9.5% lower than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are much better than the 2012 trend within this occupation.