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Statistician

Statisticians plan, organize, analyze and interpret studies to provide usable information for a wide range of activities. For example, they may be involved in agricultural or health research, evaluating government programs, assessing environmental problems, improving manufacturing or business processes, or forecasting future economic conditions.

  • Avg. Salary $80,589.00
  • Avg. Wage $43.22
  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Research Scientist, Biostatistician, Data Scientist, Research Methodologists

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  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Statistician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Statisticians
NOC code: 2161.2
INNOVATIVE

Interest in synthesizing information to extend knowledge on the mathematical basis of statistics, and to develop statistical methodologies

METHODICAL

Interest in applying statistical theory and methods to provide information in scientific and other fields such as biological and agricultural sciences, business and economics, physical sciences and engineering, and the social sciences

DIRECTIVE

Interest in consulting to advise on the applications of statistical methods and analyses

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Oct 20, 2014

Statisticians work in fields such as business, economics and finance; engineering; or agricultural, biological, environmental, medical, physical or social sciences. In any of these fields, they may:

  • apply statistical theories and methods to solve problems
  • develop statistical methodology
  • research the mathematical basis of statistics.

In general, statisticians work with others to:

  • design projects, experiments and other studies 
  • determine the most efficient methods of collecting and organizing numerical data
  • conduct surveys or supervise those directly engaged in collecting data
  • analyze, summarize, make inferences and interpret the information collected
  • use software and create computer codes for analyses
  • write reports and present findings in the form of tables and graphs.

In business and industry, corporations employ statisticians to work in market research, human resource forecasting, inventory control, cost analysis and process improvement. For example, statisticians in business and industry may design, conduct and interpret customer satisfaction surveys.

In government, statisticians work in program planning, technological research, policy analysis, operational research, agricultural research, urban planning, wildlife management, energy and resource management, labour and economic forecasting, and social research.

In research, statisticians work with other professionals to plan and conduct studies and experiments. For example, statisticians involved in medical research work with clinician (such as physicians and nurses) to investigate the causes of disease, and assess new drugs and medical treatments.

Working Conditions
Updated Oct 20, 2014

Statisticians work in an office environment. They usually work normal office hours but may work overtime to meet project deadlines. They often work on several different projects at the same time. They generally work in a team environment but also may work alone.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Oct 20, 2014

Statisticians need the following characteristics:

  • an aptitude for and interest in mathematics
  • an interest in the application of scientific principles to the solution of practical problems
  • the ability to think logically, organize projects and carry them out
  • the ability to work alone as well as with others
  • the ability to pay careful attention to details
  • the ability to use statistical software
  • the ability to write clear, concise reports in language appropriate for intended readers.

Statisticians should enjoy synthesizing data, applying statistical theories and methods, and working with others to understand and solve problems.

Educational Requirements
Updated Oct 20, 2014

The minimum academic requirement is abachelor's degree in statistics or mathematics but a graduate degree (master's or doctoral) usually is required for higher level positions. A doctoral degree (PhD) is required to conduct independent research.


Required Education

The following schools offer programs and courses that meet this occupation’s educational requirements. Other eligible programs and courses may be available.

Concordia University of Edmonton

University of Calgary


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

University of Lethbridge

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

The Statistical Society of Canada provides two levels of accreditation for statisticians in Canada: Professional Statistician (P.Stat.) and Associate Statistician (A.Stat.).

Employment & Advancement
Updated Oct 20, 2014

Statisticians work for a variety of employers including:

  • financial institutions
  • Statistics Canada and other government departments
  • medical and educational research agencies
  • science and engineering consulting firms
  • market research companies 
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • manufacturers and other companies requiring process improvement
  • large scale manufacturing plants that require sophisticated maintenance programs
  • universities.

Most jobs are located in major urban areas.

Outstanding individuals who have graduate degrees and many years of experience may move into management positions or become private consultants.

Statisticians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2161: Mathematicians, Statisticians and Actuaries. In Alberta, 78% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Oct 20, 2014

Salaries vary considerably in this occupation.

Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
NOC code: 2161

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $25.79 $47.38 $34.59 $32.24
Overall $36.44 $61.81 $43.22 $42.58
Top $40.04 $66.81 $49.81 $46.89

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

C: Lower Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Lower Reliability, represents a CV of between 15.01% and 33.00% and/or if fewer than 20 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 33% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Health Care & Social Assistance
Public Administration
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES

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Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Physics
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Engineering, Architecture and Related Studies
  • Environment, Forestry and Related Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Social Sciences, Law and Religious Studies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Oct 20, 2014

Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) website: www.ssc.ca

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Jan 01, 2012. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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