What does a biostatitician do?

Biostatisticians are experts in analyzing medical, scientific, and public health data. Many are members of new drug development teams, comparing data on the side effects, success rate, or other aspects of one drug (or drug combination) with that of another. Other biostatisticians are involved in environmental, medical, or public health research.

What might a biostatitician do in a workday?

Depending on the work setting, biostatisticians may:

  • design and implement studies to measure a treatment’s effectiveness.
  • review public health information to identify patterns of disease, health-related environmental issues, or health care cost trends.
  • analyze research data for significance.
  • develop conclusions and recommendations based on statistical information.

How much does a biostatitician earn?

  • $37,000 - $150,000

How do I become a biostatitician?

Students interested in becoming a biostatistician should have a strong interest and background in math and science, as well as English. While entry-level biostatistics jobs are available to those who have completed a bachelor’s degree, more advanced positions require a master’s or doctoral degree.

Where else can I learn about becoming a biostatitician?

American Public Health Association
800 I Street N.W. / Washington, DC 20001
tel:  (202) 777-2742 (APHA) / web: www.apha.org

American Association for the Advancement of Science
1200 New York Avenue N.W. / Washington, DC 20005
tel:  (202) 326-6400 / web: www.aaas.org

American Statistical Association
732 N. Washington Street / Alexandria, VA 22314-1943
tel:  (703) 684-1221 or (888) 231-3473 / web: www.amstat.org

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