Biostatisticians

Develop and apply biostatistical theory and methods to the study of life sciences.

Median Annual Wage: $79,990

Education: Master's degree (44%); Doctoral degree (40%); Post-doctoral training (8%)

Projected Growth: Much faster than average (22% or higher)

Related Job Titles: Research Scientist; Biostatistician; Professor of Biostatistics; Biostatistics Director; Associate Director of Biostatistics; Consultant/Associate Professor of Biostatistics; Principal Biostatistician; Principal Statistical Scientist; Research Associate Professor; Senior Biostatistician/Group Leader

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Biostatisticians.

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  • Design research studies in collaboration with physicians, life scientists, or other professionals.
  • Analyze clinical or survey data using statistical approaches such as longitudinal analysis, mixed effect modeling, logistic regression analyses, and model building techniques.
  • Provide biostatistical consultation to clients or colleagues.
  • Write research proposals or grant applications for submission to external bodies.
  • Prepare articles for publication or presentation at professional conferences.
  • Monitor clinical trials or experiments to ensure adherence to established procedures or to verify the quality of data collected.
  • Write detailed analysis plans and descriptions of analyses and findings for research protocols or reports.
  • Calculate sample size requirements for clinical studies.
  • Review clinical or other medical research protocols and recommend appropriate statistical analyses.
  • Prepare tables and graphs to present clinical data or results.
  • Develop or implement data analysis algorithms.
  • Prepare statistical data for inclusion in reports to data monitoring committees, federal regulatory agencies, managers, or clients.
  • Write program code to analyze data using statistical analysis software.
  • Read current literature, attend meetings or conferences, and talk with colleagues to keep abreast of methodological or conceptual developments in fields such as biostatistics, pharmacology, life sciences, and social sciences.
  • Assign work to biostatistical assistants or programmers.
  • Teach graduate or continuing education courses or seminars in biostatistics.
  • Plan or direct research studies related to life sciences.
  • Determine project plans, timelines, or technical objectives for statistical aspects of biological research studies.
  • Apply research or simulation results to extend biological theory or recommend new research projects.
  • Collect data through surveys or experimentation.
  • Design or maintain databases of biological data.
  • Develop or use mathematical models to track changes in biological phenomena such as the spread of infectious diseases.
  • Analyze archival data such as birth, death, and disease records.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Biostatisticians.

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Biostatisticians.

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