Biostatistician  What They Do

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Biostatisticians Career Video



Develops and applies biostatistical theory and methods to the study of life sciences.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Science and Mathematics pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Draws conclusions or makes predictions based on data summaries or statistical analyses.
  • Designs research studies in collaboration with physicians, life scientists, or other professionals.
  • Analyzes clinical or survey data using statistical approaches such as longitudinal analysis, mixed effect modeling, logistic regression analyses, and model building techniques.
  • Provides biostatistical consultation to clients or colleagues.
  • Writes research proposals or grant applications for submission to external bodies.
  • Prepares articles for publication or presentation at professional conferences.
  • Calculates sample size requirements for clinical studies.
  • Writes detailed analysis plans and descriptions of analyses and findings for research protocols or reports.
  • Monitors clinical trials or experiments to ensure adherence to established procedures or to verify the quality of data collected.
  • Reviews clinical or other medical research protocols and recommends appropriate statistical analyses.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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