On the Job
Biostatisticians use statistics to study a variety of topics in biology. Their work focuses mainly on research. They may design studies in consultation with doctors or other medical professionals. They analyze all types of biological data.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Analyze data to identify trends or relationships among variables.
- Analyze health-related data.
- Apply mathematical principles or statistical approaches to solve problems in scientific or applied fields.
- Write computer programming code.
- Update knowledge about emerging industry or technology trends.
- Determine appropriate methods for data analysis.
- Prepare analytical reports.
- Present research results to others.
- Create databases to store electronic data.
- Design computer modeling or simulation programs.
Typical Working Conditions
- Using e-mail.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Working with a group or team.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
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