What do Biostatisticians 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 Biostatistician 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.

Developing a Career as a Biostatistician

Biostatisticians are employed in a wide variety of professional partnerships, the pharmaceutical industry, health delivery services, environmental studies and universities, as well as state, federal and local health departments and agencies.

How much salary do Biostatisticians make?

Annual Mean Wage
$78,080 (provided by the Occupational Information Network)

How do I become a Biostatistician?

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 Biostatistician?

Professional Associations:

American Public Health Association
800 I Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

(202) 777-2742 (APHA)

American Association for the Advancement of Science
1200 New York Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20005

(202) 326-6400

American Statistical Association
732 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1943

(703) 684-1221
(888) 231-3473

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