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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 around £26,000 to £30,000 a year. A senior assistant statistician with the Scottish Government earns around £38,000 to £46,000 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 £62,000 a year with experience and promotion.

Conditions

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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

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Job Outlook Scotland

  Scotland
2022
4330
0.4 %
FALL
2027
4313

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

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.

Video

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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: 0345 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/
Twitter: @RoyalStatSoc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalStatisticalSociety/

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

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