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Life As a Biostatistician

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

List of Biostatistician Job Duties

  • Determine project plans, timelines, or technical objectives for statistical aspects of biological research studies.
  • 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.
  • Analyze archival data such as birth, death, and disease records.
  • Develop or implement data analysis algorithms.
  • Monitor clinical trials or experiments to ensure adherence to established procedures or to verify the quality of data collected.
  • Apply research or simulation results to extend biological theory or recommend new research projects.

What a Biostatistician Should Know

Below is a list of the skills most Biostatisticians say are important on the job.

Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

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.

Other Biostatistician Job Titles

  • Bioinformatics Specialist
  • Biomathematician
  • Principal Statistical Scientist
  • Research Scientist
  • Principal Biostatistician

Is There Job Demand for Biostatisticians?

There were about 37,200 jobs for Biostatistician in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 33.9% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 12,600 new jobs for Biostatistician by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 4,400 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Biostatistician are Utah, Rhode Island, and Nevada. Watch out if you plan on working in Alaska, Maryland, or Arkansas. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Biostatistician Average Salary

The average yearly salary of a Biostatistician ranges between $53,000 and $139,350.

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Biostatisticians who work in New Jersey, District of Columbia, or Maryland, make the highest salaries.

How much do Biostatisticians make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $61,860
Alaska $87,020
Arizona $80,330
Arkansas $76,630
California $99,860
Colorado $84,380
Connecticut $101,820
Delaware $100,710
District of Columbia $104,310
Florida $81,960
Georgia $92,800
Hawaii $71,040
Idaho $113,780
Illinois $89,040
Indiana $74,870
Iowa $74,430
Kansas $89,250
Kentucky $79,640
Louisiana $76,120
Maine $73,560
Maryland $107,400
Massachusetts $108,670
Michigan $80,920
Minnesota $95,930
Mississippi $65,510
Missouri $71,150
Nebraska $67,080
Nevada $71,210
New Hampshire $75,880
New Jersey $116,090
New Mexico $81,100
New York $95,870
North Carolina $101,010
North Dakota $75,230
Ohio $82,180
Oklahoma $63,120
Oregon $80,920
Pennsylvania $85,180
South Carolina $68,320
Tennessee $74,450
Texas $84,940
Utah $75,000
Vermont $69,750
Virginia $87,700
Washington $100,670
West Virginia $76,070
Wisconsin $82,330

What Tools do Biostatisticians Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Biostatisticians may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • JavaScript
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Git
  • Python
  • Microsoft Access
  • MySQL
  • Word processing software
  • SAP
  • Data visualization software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Database software
  • Structured query language SQL
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • SAS
  • Linux
  • Extensible markup language XML

Becoming a Biostatistician

Learn what Biostatistician education requirements there are.

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Biostatistician?

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Where Biostatisticians Are Employed

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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Those who work as a Biostatistician sometimes switch careers to one of these choices:

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