What they do

Statisticians collect, analyse and interpret numerical data across a broad spectrum of industries and topics. They can work in areas as diverse as analysing medical data to determine where outbreaks of disease began and how they are likely to spread, through to compiling a cricketer's batting and/or bowling figures. Statisticians design data collection methodologies, including sample size, location, questions to be asked and data collection method. Once the data has been collected they can examine it for patterns and trends, which can suggest reasons behind past events and sometimes also predict likely future happenings.

Working conditions

Statisticians in Western Australia usually work in offices in the Perth metropolitan area, though some travel may occasionally be required to carry out field work or to visit clients. They usually work as part of a team, which may include scientists, computer programmers, research specialists and administrative staff. Statisticians usually work standard business hours, though overtime may be required when working to tight deadlines.

Tools and technologies

Statisticians use computers at all stages of their work, from the initial survey design right through to the interpretation and presentation of their findings. They frequently use specialised programs to assist in sorting and manipulating the data in order to better identify trends and understand the relationships between different factors.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become a statistician, you usually need to study a degree in mathematics, statistics or a related field.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses.

Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

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