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Statisticians collect, analyse and interpret numerical information or data to help forecast developments and make decisions in a wide range of areas. These areas include actuarial work, biometrics, environmental work, forensics, health, housing, economics, insurance, local government, market research, pharmaceuticals, the labour market, teaching and transport.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary depending on:

In the Scottish Government, the salary for assistant statisticians is £25,317 to £29,759 a year. A senior assistant statistician with the Scottish Government earns £37,418 to £45,241 a year.

For those on the Civil Service Fast Stream programme with the Government Statistical Service, you will start on £28,000 a year. This rises to between £45,000 and £55,000 a year with experience and promotion.

In pharmaceuticals, graduate starting salaries are around £28,000 to £33,000 a year. Senior posts can rise to around £70,000 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

The Government Statistical Service (GSS) is the largest single employer of statisticians, with more than 30 different departments including the Office for National Statistics. The statistics they create go to formulate government policy.They offer a Civil Service Fast Stream programme. For entry you require a 2:1 Honours degree with at least 25% formal statistical training.

For posts in Scotland, the Scottish Government recruits assistant statisticians directly, rather than through the Civil Service Fast Stream. Vacancies are advertised on the Scottish Government website.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
3527
1.6 %
FALL
2024
3472
  United Kingdom
2019
40145
0 %
RISE
2024
40148

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Future Morph website www.futuremorph.org shows you some of the amazing and unexpected places that studying science, technology, engineering and maths can take you.

The Statisticians in the Pharmaceuticals Industry website may be of interest and has some downloadable booklets for anyone thinking about a career in statistics in the pharmaceutical industry.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
Tel: 01702 354020
E-mail: post@ima.org.uk
Website: http://www.ima.org.uk/
Website (2): http://www.mathscareers.org.uk
Twitter: @IMAmaths
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IMAmaths/

Mathematical Association (MA)
Tel: 0116 221 0013
E-mail: office@m-a.org.uk
Website: http://www.m-a.org.uk/
Twitter: @Mathematical_A
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/136275943093334/

Office for National Statistics
Tel: 0845 601 3034
E-mail: info@ons.gov.uk
Website: http://www.ons.gov.uk
Website (2): http://www.ons.gov.uk/aboutus/careers
Twitter: @ONS
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ONS

Royal Statistical Society
Tel: 020 7638 8998
Website: http://www.rss.org.uk/
Website (2): http://www.statslife.org.uk
Twitter: @RoyalStatSoc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalStatisticalSociety/

Scottish Government (Statistics)
Website: http://www.gov.scot/statistics
Twitter: @ScotStat

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