Responsibilities of a Statistician

Statisticians interpret data and communicate results to their clients, often with the aid of mathematical techniques and software. They ensure that complex statistical concepts are explained in a way the client can understand, and often advise on strategy. Some studies take only a few months to complete, while others take years of work.
General tasks may include:

  • consulting with clients and agreeing what data to collect and how it should be gathered – taking into account any ethical and legislative considerations;
  • designing experiments, trials or surveys to produce the required data;
  • collecting and analysing the data;
  • interpreting the data and making sure that the right decisions are made based on the results;
  • monitoring data collected throughout its shelf-life;
  • presenting results to senior managers, regulatory authorities, clients, etc;
  • advising policymakers on key decisions based on results;
  • carrying out research, often as part of a team;
  • writing reports and articles for publication;
  • presenting findings at conferences both in the UK and abroad.

Depending on your area of work you may be involved in:
providing projections of future student numbers allowing for changes in the birth rate and assessing the number of teachers that will be needed in the sector;
designing experiments to assess the effects of drugs and associated side effects;
designing, implementing and analysing clinical studies;
monitoring, reporting and modelling disease outbreaks;
collecting data to monitor levels of air pollution;
collecting data to measure the toxicity of food additives;
recommending whether certain items should be included in food production, e.g. folic acid in bread making;
checking quality control standards in industry;
designing experiments to improve the quality of new products;
predicting demand for products and services;
analysing data to forecast trends for pension providers;
teaching statistical methods and the theory of statistics.

World Statistics Day 2015

The world is converging yet again to celebrate the beauty of statistics on the 20th ¬†October 2015. This year’s theme is

Better Data Better Lives

Official statistics help decision makers develop informed policies that impact millions of people. Improved data sources, sound statistical methods, new technologies and strengthened statistical systems enable better decisions that eventually result in better lives for all of us. On 20 October 2015, the global statistical community will showcase their achievements and their ongoing work to help this vision come true.