What does a Biostatistician do?

Biostatisticians apply mathematics, statistics, and data to the biosciences. They collect, analyze, and summarize data during their research to draw conclusions surrounding subjects including medicine and agriculture. They analyze and study determining factors that have an impact upon the health and the well-being of living organisms including people, plants, and animals.

Biostatisticians use their study and analysis skills to define conclusions surrounding disorders, health risks, and disease. They also study effects of treatments from findings and numbers from their analysis. They create studies that help determine important trends including health risk factors, and decide what elements from their findings to use or discard. They issue reports or papers to clients like agencies or employers regarding the findings of their research and sometimes are called upon to analyze data and determine disease occurrence or to provide their support during a clinical trial to assess risk and effect and to prepare the corresponding reports. Biostatisticians have a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from a school accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7

Common Skill Sets

SAS Tableau
Programming Languages
Scripting Languages
Access Database
Document Management System

Biostatistician Seniority Levels

Data Scientist
51% made the transition
Statistical Analyst
24% made the transition
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Biostatistician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$125,161 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $125K
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