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.