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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 $84,266.00
  • Avg. Wage $44.68
  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Biostatistician, Data Scientist, Research Methodologist, Research Scientist

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Statisticians (2161.2) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Mathematicians, Statisticians and Actuaries (C061) 
  • 2011 NOC: Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries (2161) 
  • 2016 NOC: Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries (2161) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

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

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


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


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.

Learn More

Updated Mar 31, 2017

Statisticians work in fields such as:

  • business, economics and finance
  • engineering
  • agricultural, biological, environmental, medical, physical or social sciences.

In any of these fields, they may:

  • employ their knowledge of statistical theory and methods to solve data-centric problems
  • design and apply statistical methodology
  • invoke mathematics and computer programming to conduct research within the discipline of statistics.

In general, statisticians work with others to:

  • design surveys and experimental studies
  • analyze observational studies
  • determine concrete and efficient data-collection methods
  • analyze, summarize, and carry out inferences from collected data
  • use statistical software and write code to conduct data analysis
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 clinicians, such as physicians and nurses, to investigate the causes of disease, and assess new drugs and medical treatments.

Duties of statisticians are similar to those of data miners. For more information, see the Data Miner occupational profile.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2017

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. Normally, statisticians work as part of a team of professionals with different specialties. However, they may also work alone.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2017

Statisticians need the following characteristics:

  • an aptitude for statistics or mathematics
  • an interest in applying scientific principles to solving practical problems
  • an ability to think logically, organize projects and carry them out
  • an ability to work effectively in an individual setting or a group environment
  • an ability to pay careful attention to details
  • an ability to use and program within statistical software
  • an 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 Mar 31, 2017

The minimum academic requirement is a bachelor’s degree in statistics or applied mathematics. A graduate degree (master’s or doctoral) is typically required for higher level positions. A doctoral degree (PhD) is required to work in a research-intensive position.

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

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.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2017

Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation. However, the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) provides two levels of accreditation for statisticians in Canada: Professional Statistician (P.Stat.) and Associate Statistician (A.Stat.). For further information on accreditation requirements, visit the SSC website.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2017

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 [pdf] 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)
  • size of the occupation.

In Alberta, the 2161: Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 10% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 20 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2017

Salaries vary considerably in this occupation.

Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $31.28 $48.08 $36.18 $35.83
Overall $34.99 $61.05 $44.68 $42.53
Top $40.63 $63.82 $49.16 $50.38

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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.

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Updated Mar 31, 2017

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Updated Mar 31, 2017. 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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