SOC: 15-2041.00


Develop or apply mathematical or statistical theory and methods to collect, organize, interpret, and summarize numerical data to provide usable information. May specialize in fields such as bio-statistics, agricultural statistics, business statistics, or economic statistics. Includes mathematical and survey statisticians.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
30,000 employed

Projected (2024):
40,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Analytical Statistician
  • Applied Statistician
  • Assistant Division Chief for Statistical Program Management
  • Clinical Analyst
  • Clinical Data Coordinator
  • Clinical Documentation Consultant
  • Clinical Statistics Manager
  • Data Coordinator
  • Education Research Analyst
  • Human Resource Statistician
  • Institutional Research Director
  • Mathematical Statistician
  • Private Statistical/Psychometric Consultant
  • Program Research Specialist
  • Research Analyst
  • Research Associate
  • Research Statistician
  • Sampling Expert
  • Senior Statistician
  • Sports Statistician
  • Statistical Analyst
  • Statistical Engineer
  • Statistician
  • Statistician (Demographer)
  • Survey Statistician
  • Time Study Statistician
  • Trend Investigator

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media

  • Tasks:

  • Report results of statistical analyses, including information in the form of graphs, charts, and tables.
  • Process large amounts of data for statistical modeling and graphic analysis, using computers.
  • Identify relationships and trends in data, as well as any factors that could affect the results of research.
  • Analyze and interpret statistical data to identify significant differences in relationships among sources of information.
  • Prepare data for processing by organizing information, checking for any inaccuracies, and adjusting and weighting the raw data.
  • Evaluate the statistical methods and procedures used to obtain data to ensure validity, applicability, efficiency, and accuracy.
  • Evaluate sources of information to determine any limitations in terms of reliability or usability.
  • Plan data collection methods for specific projects and determine the types and sizes of sample groups to be used.
  • Design research projects that apply valid scientific techniques and use information obtained from baselines or historical data to structure uncompromised and efficient analyses.
  • Develop an understanding of fields to which statistical methods are to be applied to determine whether methods and results are appropriate.
  • Supervise and provide instructions for workers collecting and tabulating data.
  • Apply sampling techniques or use complete enumeration bases to determine and define groups to be surveyed.
  • Adapt statistical methods to solve specific problems in many fields, such as economics, biology, and engineering.
  • Develop and test experimental designs, sampling techniques, and analytical methods.
  • Examine theories, such as those of probability and inference, to discover mathematical bases for new or improved methods of obtaining and evaluating numerical data.
  • Report results of statistical analyses in peer-reviewed papers and technical manuals.
  • Develop software applications or programming to use for statistical modeling and graphic analysis.
  • Present statistical and nonstatistical results using charts, bullets, and graphs in meetings or conferences to audiences such as clients, peers, and students.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Angoss KnowledgeSEEKER
  • Apache Hadoop
  • Aptech Systems GAUSS software
  • Automatic Forecasting Systems Autobox
  • C++
  • Camfit Data Limited Microfit
  • Common business oriented language COBOL
  • Cytel StatXact
  • Data Description Data Desk software
  • Econometric Software LIMDEP
  • Formula translation/translator FORTRAN
  • GraphPad Software GraphPad Prism
  • IBM DB2
  • Insightful S-PLUS
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro
  • Microsoft Word
  • Minitab software
  • Muthen & Muthen MPlus
  • NCR Teradata Warehouse Miner
  • NCSS Power Analysis and Sample Size PASS
  • Oracle software
  • Python
  • Quantitative Micro Software EViews
  • R
  • SAP software
  • SAS Enterprise Miner
  • SAS software
  • Scientific Software International SSI Hierarchical Linear and Non-Linear Modeling HLM
  • Scientific Software International SSI LISREL
  • SPSS Amos
  • SPSS AnswerTree
  • SPSS software
  • Stat-Ease Design-Ease
  • Stat-Ease Design-Expert
  • StataCorp Stata
  • Statistical Solutions BMDP
  • StatPoint STATGRAPHICS Centurion
  • StatSoft STATISTICA software
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Sun Microsystems Java
  • SuperANOVA
  • Sybase PowerBuilder
  • Systat Software SigmaPlot
  • Systat Software SigmaStat
  • Tableau software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • UNISTAT Statistical Package
  • UNIX
  • Visual Numerics TS-WAVE
  • Wolfram Research Mathematica
  • XGobi

  • computer and mathematical

    industry stats

    SOC: 15-0000

    Total Employed: 4,005,250

    Average Annual Salary: $86,170