Medical Statistician

By David Wallach, mods 13-15

Overall Job Description

Medical statisticians, also called biostatisticians, work in a wide range of health fields. They research statistics and conduct studies to help medical knowledge, track or prevent diseases and improve medications and treatments.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Detecting disease
  • Evaluating Treatments
  • Anylizing the Effectiveness of New Drugs
  • Anylizing Risk Factors for Different Illnesses
  • Planning Healthcare Interventions
  • Preventing Early Death or Disease

Working Conditions

Biostatisticians often work at either universities or hospitals to have access to people to survey. Afterwards, they work at their computers or desks to find the needed statistic.

Current Salary

Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) doesn't have salary data specifically for medical statisticians, its site said that in May 2014, the median annual income for all statisticians was $79,990. Payscale.com reports a median salary of $77,214 specifically for biostatisticians as of 2015, but other sites have different numbers.

Education Needed

Medical statistics careers usually require either a master's or a doctoral degree. According to the BLS , statistician jobs with the Federal Government usually require at least a bachelor's degree, while most other statistics jobs require advanced degrees. Many employers will accept a master's degree as the least educational requirement to be hired, but positions in research laboratories usually require a Ph.D.

Job Outlook

The BLS states that job growth for statisticians will be about 14% by 2020, which is slightly faster than average when compared to other fields. However, it is estimated that growth in biostatistics and health fields will be faster because of the larger supply of lifescience jobs. Medical Statisticians are expected to have the amount of jobs increase by 27% from 2012 to 2022, which is faster than the national average for all careers