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Biostatistician Job Description

 

Biostatistics is a science that is very closely associated to the healthcare services provided by public health professionals.

Biostatistics involves applied statistical theory and mathematical principles in public health and related fields.

The work of a public health biostatistician is to use mathematical and scientific methods to unveil the cause of diseases and injuries.

In addition to this, a public health biostatistician is also required to use his or her skills to identify health trends within communities.

This public health career path suits individuals who have expertise in studying diverse information, forecasting scenarios and drawing conclusions based on statistical data.

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Responsibilities

 

Biostatisticians apply their mastery of mathematics to the health care field by analyzing and interpreting large quantities of data, including test results, genetic data, and the proliferation of diseases.

Some work with population data to uncover the results of public health hazards such as a toxic chemical spill.

Other responsibilities include analyzing the effects of new drugs, the risk factors for various illnesses, planning health care interventions and explaining biological phenomena.

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Skills

 

It is fundamental to have a mastery of mathematics if you intend to become a biostatistician. Small mistakes in the numbers can lead to big mistakes in real life, so the most successful are those that pay attention to detail and are meticulous in their methods.

Knowledge and an understanding of modern databases, analytics, and some programming skills with languages like R.

To download the R statistical analysis software, click here.

To learn more about R, check out DataCamp's lessons.

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Working Conditions

 

There are a number of different positions that are available for public health biostatisticians including those in data management, pharmaceutical and clinical trials, academic institutions and data analysis.

Federal agencies often employ biostatisticians to promote a healthy lifestyle among the citizens of the nation.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, statisticians were employed by the following industries:

 

Federal Government

17%

Finance and insurance 12%
Educational services; state, local, and private 11%
State and local government, excluding education and hospitals 9%
Health care and social assistance 8%

 

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Salary Outlook

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