Associate Director of Biostatistics, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Bioinformatician   More Names
Bioinformatics Specialist, Biomathematician, Biometrician, Biostatistician, Biostatisticians, Biostatistics Director, Biostatistics Manager, Clinical Biostatistician, Consultant/Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Principal Biostatistician, Principal Statistical Scientist, Professor of Biostatistics, Research Associate Professor, Research Biostatistician, Research Scientist, Senior Biostatistician/Group Leader

Use mathematics and statistical theories to collect, organize, interpret, and evaluate numerical data in the study of life sciences and medicine to inform research and practical decisions and applications.

Design and populate research studies working with physicians, life scientists, and other professionals. Provide biostatistical analysis, conclusions, and recommendations for business and medical decisions. Use computer-based tools and models to develop statistical profiles and simulations.

Biostatisticians may work for a wide-range of types of employers within the overall healthcare industry. These include large scale medical facilities - such as the major hospitals in many U.S. cities, university hospitals, or large hospital complexes pharmaceutical companies; healthcare insurers; medical research institutions; biotechnology companies; and government public health agencies - such as the local and state health departments or federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or National Institutes of Health. They also may provide consultation services to business, organization, university, or government clients.

Biostatisticians analyze clinical or survey data using statistical approaches such as longitudinal analysis, mixed effect modeling, logistic regression analyses, and model building techniques. In the process they will review population, clinical, or other medical research information, and calculate sample size requirements for studies. They write detailed analysis plans and outline descriptions of anticipated analyses and findings.

Biostatisticians also prepare requested biostatistical reports and studies for data monitoring and decisions. In the course of their work, biostatisticians keep current by reading about the latest developments in fields such as biostatistics, pharmacology, life sciences, or social sciences, as well as attend and participate in professional meetings and conferences.

During the course of their daily activities, they also may work with other data professionals, such as computer programmers, database administrators, and related computer specialists, to develop customized analysis tools or modify off-the-shelf applications to meet their research needs or business assignments.

For example, as pharmaceutical companies work to develop new drugs, treatments, and medical technologies, biostatisticians are needed to do both basic and applied research including helping to establish and evaluate clinical trials.

In general, biostatisticians work regular hours in comfortable offices. Some travel to provide advice on research projects, supervise and set up surveys, or gather biostatistical data.

Biostatisticians are at the high-end of career ladder opportunities within the healthcare industry. They may aspire to become biostatistical department managers or administrators, or alternatively with more experience, seek a high level research director position with a major university, government agency, or private sector company.

Credentials Needed: Biostatisticians are not required to be state licensed or registered. Because this is a high level professional occupation, most employers require either a master's degree or doctoral degree in statistics, biostatistics, or medical statistics for initial employment and advancement. This graduate level training is available at a wide-range of public and private universities throughout the United States and many foreign countries.

Some Key Things to Remember: Biostatisticians use mathematics and statistical theories to collect, organize, interpret, and evaluate numerical data in the study of life sciences to inform research and practical decisions and applications. Employers require either a master's degree or doctoral degree in mathematics, biomathematics, statistics, biostatistics, or a related field for most entry-level biostatistician positions. Because computers are used so extensively for statistical and biostatistical applications, a strong background in computer science and information science is highly recommended.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
34% - Much faster than average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $60,770 - $104,420    Hourly: $29 - $50
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Typical Education:

Master's and Above (High School + 6 or more Years)
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Percent Job Growth:

34% - Much faster than average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $60,770 - $104,420

Hourly: $29 - $50