SOC: 15-2041.01


Develop and apply biostatistical theory and methods to the study of life sciences.

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:

  • Associate Director of Biostatistics
  • Associate Professor of Biostatistics
  • Bioinformatician
  • Bioinformatics Specialist
  • Biomathematician
  • Biometrician
  • Biostatistician
  • Biostatistics Director
  • Clinical Biostatistician
  • Consultant/Associate Professor of Biostatistics
  • Principal Biostatistician
  • Principal Statistical Scientist
  • Professor of Biostatistics
  • Research Associate Professor
  • Research Biostatistician
  • Research Scientist
  • Senior Biostatistician/Group Leader

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    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
  • Equipment Selection
  • 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
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media

  • Tasks:

  • Write research proposals or grant applications for submission to external bodies.
  • Teach graduate or continuing education courses or seminars in biostatistics.
  • Read current literature, attend meetings or conferences, and talk with colleagues to keep abreast of methodological or conceptual developments in fields such as biostatistics, pharmacology, life sciences, and social sciences.
  • Prepare statistical data for inclusion in reports to data monitoring committees, federal regulatory agencies, managers, or clients.
  • Prepare articles for publication or presentation at professional conferences.
  • Calculate sample size requirements for clinical studies.
  • Determine project plans, timelines, or technical objectives for statistical aspects of biological research studies.
  • Assign work to biostatistical assistants or programmers.
  • Write program code to analyze data using statistical analysis software.
  • Write detailed analysis plans and descriptions of analyses and findings for research protocols or reports.
  • Plan or direct research studies related to life sciences.
  • Prepare tables and graphs to present clinical data or results.
  • Monitor clinical trials or experiments to ensure adherence to established procedures or to verify the quality of data collected.
  • Draw conclusions or make predictions based on data summaries or statistical analyses.
  • Develop or use mathematical models to track changes in biological phenomena such as the spread of infectious diseases.
  • Design surveys to assess health issues.
  • Develop or implement data analysis algorithms.
  • Design research studies in collaboration with physicians, life scientists, or other professionals.
  • Design or maintain databases of biological data.
  • Collect data through surveys or experimentation.
  • Analyze archival data such as birth, death, and disease records.
  • Review clinical or other medical research protocols and recommend appropriate statistical analyses.
  • Provide biostatistical consultation to clients or colleagues.
  • Apply research or simulation results to extend biological theory or recommend new research projects.
  • Analyze clinical or survey data using statistical approaches such as longitudinal analysis, mixed effect modeling, logistic regression analyses, and model building techniques.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Computer data input scanners
  • Computer laser printers
  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Mainframe computers
  • Personal computers
  • Plotters
  • C++
  • Clinical trials database software
  • Data mining software
  • Database software
  • Graphics software
  • Insightful S-PLUS
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • Minitab software
  • MySQL software
  • Oracle Java
  • Oracle software
  • Patient monitoring systems
  • PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • Python
  • R
  • SAP software
  • SAS software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • SPSS software
  • STAT! Systems QD Clinical
  • StataCorp Stata
  • StatSoft STATISTICA software
  • Structured query language SQL
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • UNIX
  • Wolfram Research Mathematica
  • Word processing software

  • computer and mathematical

    industry stats

    SOC: 15-0000

    Total Employed: 4,005,250

    Average Annual Salary: $86,170