Inside Statistician Careers

Things you need to know, but nobody tells you

Biggest Surprises

"Working From Home, An Unexpected Benefit Of Epidemiology...
I was surprised at the flexibility of my job, I did not realize I would have so many opportunities to work from home, I was expecting to spend a majority of my time in an office setting. I was also surprised at the amount of patient interaction I get. I originally thought I would not be exposed to patients, but getting their story is a key part to my job." (Epidemiologist; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in North Carolina, female
School: Studied Public Health at East Carolina University in North Carolina; completed Master degree in 2011

I was surprised at how unstructured it would be and how few deadlines I have. Generally I'm given a project and it's up to me to determine how and when it gets finished. This was very surprising coming from an environment where everything is scheduled." (GIS Manager; 2012)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Texas, female
School: Studied Urban Studies, Political Science at Trinity University in Texas; completed Bachelor degree in 2011

Best & Worst Things About This Career

Director Of Statistical Programming: "The best part: knowing that the reports and data analysis that my group creates ultimately helps patients who are sick. The information we create helps physician to diagnose the diseases in patients and get these patients on drug to improve their health and overall quality of life. The worst part: Budgets - it can be difficult and time consuming to estimate how much resources and money is needed for project 2-5 years in the future." (2011)

Statistician: "The best part of my job is that it is intellectually challenging. I have to use your brain to solve a bunch of computational problems every day. Also, it's nice knowing that my software helps people understand data. The software can be an invaluable tool in a lot of research areas such as health care, clinical, psychological, and education research. The worst part of the job is that it can be quite boring sometimes because of the coding requirements and limitations in the company." (2010)

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Career Tips

"Statistical Software Benefits Epidemiologists...
It is essential that you become proficient in statistical software, everyone uses it these days and no one hires a person without these skills." (Epidemiologist; 2014)

"Be Open To New Ways Of Doing Things...
Math and science are very important - I use both my math and science background everyday on my job. Being open minded to new ideas and ways of thinking of things is important and will get you noticed. You may not 100% agree with someone but it is crucial to see their point of view and have them see yours - then you both improve your idea with their input and vice versa. Be positive! Find solutions or possible solutions and come prepared to discuss. Even if your solution doesn't work at least you are thinking!" (Director Of Statistical Programming; 2011)

"Observe How Scientists Use Stats...
Learn a lot of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. But gain real insight into the art and craft of designing useful software, you need direct experience in the research areas that use statistical software. So try to learn some psychology and see how psychologists do their research. Go to some health science classes and see how health scientists collect data. Or, go to a marketing class to see how a marketing research is done. Through this first-hand exposure, you'll learn what kind of statistical analyses are useful in practice." (Statistician; 2010)