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What They Do

Biostatisticians Career Video

About This Career

Develops and applies biostatistical theory and methods to the study of life sciences.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Science and Mathematics pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Draws conclusions or makes predictions, based on data summaries or statistical analyses.
  • Analyzes clinical or survey data, using statistical approaches such as longitudinal analysis, mixed-effect modeling, logistic regression analyses, and model-building techniques.
  • Writes detailed analysis plans and descriptions of analyses and findings for research protocols or reports.
  • Calculates sample size requirements for clinical studies.
  • Designs research studies in collaboration with physicians, life scientists, or other professionals.
  • Reads current literature, attends meetings or conferences, and talks with colleagues to keep abreast of methodological or conceptual developments in fields such as biostatistics, pharmacology, life sciences, and social sciences.
  • Prepares tables and graphs to present clinical data or results.
  • Writes program code to analyze data with statistical analysis software.
  • Provides biostatistical consultation to clients or colleagues.
  • Reviews clinical or other medical research protocols and recommends appropriate statistical analyses.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Biometrician
  • Biostatistical Consultant
  • Research Scientist
  • Statistical Scientist


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