Statistical analysts work in almost all industries to provide businesses and government agencies with the information needed to develop products, make improvements and determine the safety of products for the market. Businesses use the information provided by statistical analysts to make sound business decisions. In an industry such as the pharmaceutical industry, for example, statistical information is vital for ensuring the safety of products introduced to the public.
Statistical analysts develop and conduct surveys for employers to obtain the information the company requires. Analysts apply sampling techniques to develop the appropriate survey type for a company depending on the needs of the company. A statistical analyst will maintain the data gathered during statistics gathering techniques. Statistical reports provide analysts with historical data for later use. Statistical analysts use data gathered through sampling techniques to forecast for the organization or to show relationships between respondents in a sample survey. The analyst must organize the collected data for use and correct any inconsistencies in the results of surveying methods. Analysts evaluate the source of survey data to determine whether the information in reliable and usable. Statistical analysts use the information gathered to create statistical models and graphic representations of the information. This involves the use of statistical processing software. The analyst presents the information to the organization in user-friendly models such as graphs, charts and reports.
Statistical analysts must have verbal and written communication skills to present highly technical information to laypeople in an easy to understand manner. Analysts must have computer skills to use statistical processing software.
Qualifications and Education
A master’s degree education is usually required for a statistical analyst position in private industry. The degree program may be in statistics or mathematics. Statistical analysts in research positions require a doctorate degree. Entry-level positions with the government as a statistician may require a bachelor’s degree education in statistics.
The average salary for a statistical analyst is $72,000 as of July 2010, according to Indeed.com. The size of the organization and the industry plays a large part in the salary of a statistical analyst.
The job growth for statisticians is expected to be average at a 13 percent growth rate between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Photo Credit south america statistics image by michele goglio from Fotolia.com
Research Analyst Job Descriptions
A research analyst, sometimes known as a financial analyst, is a financial services professional employed primarily by large investment banks, insurance companies,...
Market Analyst Job Description
Market analysts, sometimes known as market research analysts, help clients make marketing decisions by assessing their promotional needs, gathering pertinent data and...
The Job Description of an Actuarial Analyst
An actuarial analyst, or actuary, is a professional who uses data to measure risk for organizations such as insurance companies and other...
Logistic Analyst Job Descriptions
A logistics analyst is responsible for the planning and coordination of logistical operations for a company. These operations may include product shipment,...
Staff Analyst Job Description
Staff analysts conduct research and analytical studies to support organizational policy formulation and management decision-making. Staff analysts are also referred to as...
The Job Description of a Health Data Analyst
Medical facilities work with increasingly larger amounts of health information. This information is not always in a form that can be processed...
Requirements for Analyst Jobs
Analyst jobs come in all shapes and sizes, and span various sectors, including education, government, nonprofit and most areas of business, including...