Everything you need to know about a career in statistics
INTERESTED in Statistics jobs? A career option that opens up various career opportunities in a variety of industries — from government jobs at institutions like Statistics South Africa, to jobs within market research and medical research — you are sure to find an option and career specialisation that tickles your interests and provides a fulfilling, fun and interesting career in data. What do statistics jobs entail? A statistician is responsible for planning, collecting, processes and analysing information and data in order to make an informed decision. The work of professionals in this field of study can fall into two main categories — Research and Applied Statistics.
Statisticians are involved in producing reliable data, the analyses of data in order to form a clear meaning, and drawing practical conclusions from the data and information at hand.
The data collected by professionals in these careers are more than just numbers on a page. These numbers have meaning in a specific context. Statisticians are able to interpret these meanings — a valuable skill in industries ranging from finance to marketing.
Statistics jobs are present in a number of industries and, depending on your field of specialisation, your work environment will vary.
Professionals within the medical industry for example will work with medical teams in order to both design experiments as well as interpret the data gathered from these experiments.
Within market research, professionals within this field of study will be responsible for designing surveys and making sure that the data gathered from these surveys are valuable to the sectors they serve.
When it comes to employment within the gov- ernment, Statistics jobs in South Africa includes the gathering of valuable data on issues (such as crime and employment) which, in turn, can be used as guides for setting up new policies for example. A great example of these kind of opportunities in South Africa are the different kinds of Stats SA vacancies listed on Statistics South Africa’s website.
Typically, a statistician’s day will involve problem solving (using data), the application of both statistical and mathematical knowledge and skills to problems (depending on your field of specialisation, this can involve everything from economics to medical research) and consulting (with a medical team for example).
Professionals found within this career are, in general, very analytical. With a good computer knowledge and skills, statisticians will usually also have exceptional mathematical skills and have the ability to think logically and critically about the subject and data at hand. Career paths within Statistics jobs With certain specialisations, Statisticians can find employment in a wide variety of industries and fields of scientific studies. Some of these industries range to include Health and Medicine, Government jobs and careers within the Business and Finance sectors. Health and medicine Within this sector, statisticians can find employment in various fields including animal health as well as public health.
Interesting statistics jobs to pursue within this industry include biostatistics (involving the development and application of statistics within research in medical and health fields), genetics, pharmacology and epidemiology (which involves the study and the determinants of health and diseases in humans). Government jobs Statisticians also find employment within government institutions. In South Africa for example, one such institution includes Statistics South Africa.
Stats SA jobs includes everything from chief survey statisticians and monitoring and control mangers, to asset managers and principle methodologists and economists.
Statistics South Africa is responsible for a number of things including census, statistic on the labour force and even statistics on causes of death. Other jobs for statisticians within the government range to include positions within ecology, the environment, risk assessments, national defence and within law. Business, industry and finance sectors Qualified professionals can also find employment in engineering, the insurance industry, marketing, manufacturing and chemistry.
Statistical jobs are also available within the agricultural industry (involving the analyses and data and the development of research plans, experiment design and the interpretation of results), computer sciences and economics.
THE data collected help companies to make an informed decision.