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Summary of occupation

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.

ANZSCO description: Designs and applies statistical principles and  techniques for collecting, organising and interpreting quantifiable  data, and uses statistical methodologies to produce statistical  reports and analyses for government, commercial and other purposes.
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Specialisations: Biometrician, Demographer, Environmental Statistician, Epidemiologist, Mathematical Statistician, Medical Statistician
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A statistician needs:

  • an aptitude for mathematics
  • sound reasoning and problem solving skills
  • good communication skills
  • good research skills
  • the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
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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.

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Salary details

On average, actuaries, mathematicians and statisticians can expect to earn between $1 500 and $2 000 per week ($78 000 and $103 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a statistician develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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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.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a statistician, you usually have to complete a degree majoring in mathematics and statistics or a related field at university. 

​Most Western Australian universities offer degrees in these fields. Contact the university of your choice for more information.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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