Example Career: Biostatisticians
Develop and apply biostatistical theory and methods to the study of life sciences.
What Job Titles Biostatisticians Might Have
- Associate Director of Biostatistics
- Biostatistics Director
- Professor of Biostatistics
What Biostatisticians Do
- Draw conclusions or make predictions based on data summaries or statistical analyses.
- Design research studies in collaboration with physicians, life scientists, or other professionals.
- Analyze clinical or survey data using statistical approaches such as longitudinal analysis, mixed effect modeling, logistic regression analyses, and model building techniques.
- Provide biostatistical consultation to clients or colleagues.
- Write research proposals or grant applications for submission to external bodies.
- Prepare articles for publication or presentation at professional conferences.
- Calculate sample size requirements for clinical studies.
- Write detailed analysis plans and descriptions of analyses and findings for research protocols or reports.
- Monitor clinical trials or experiments to ensure adherence to established procedures or to verify the quality of data collected.
- Review clinical or other medical research protocols and recommend appropriate statistical analyses.
- Prepare tables and graphs to present clinical data or results.
- Develop or implement data analysis algorithms.
- Prepare statistical data for inclusion in reports to data monitoring committees, federal regulatory agencies, managers, or clients.
- Write program code to analyze data using statistical analysis software.
- 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.
- Assign work to biostatistical assistants or programmers.
- Teach graduate or continuing education courses or seminars in biostatistics.
- Plan or direct research studies related to life sciences.
- Determine project plans, timelines, or technical objectives for statistical aspects of biological research studies.
- Apply research or simulation results to extend biological theory or recommend new research projects.
- Collect data through surveys or experimentation.
- Design or maintain databases of biological data.
- Develop or use mathematical models to track changes in biological phenomena such as the spread of infectious diseases.
- Analyze archival data such as birth, death, and disease records.
What Biostatisticians Should Be Good At
- Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
- Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
- Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
- Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
What Biostatisticians Should Be Interested In
- Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
- Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
What Biostatisticians Need to Learn
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.