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Statisticians in California

May also be called: Actuaries; Analytical Statisticians; Applied Statisticians; Clinical Data Analysts; Clinical Statistics Managers; Database Analysts; Financial Analysts; Research Analysts; Research Associates; and Statistical Analysts

Specialties within this occupation include: Biostatisticians and Clinical Data Managers

What Would I Do?

Statisticians work in a wide variety of fields, such as government, marketing, health care, and manufacturing. They collect large amounts of statistical data and interpret the data giving insight into a certain problem or question. With their analysis, Statisticians help industry professionals make important decisions.

Statisticians generally work in an office and do most of their work on a computer. They sometimes travel to other locations to supervise research projects such as surveys, consult with clients, or gather data. They typically work 40 hours a week but may need to work overtime to meet deadlines.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Statistician may appeal to individuals who like working with data and details. They should have good verbal and written communication skills as they often report technical data to groups of people who may not have the same statistical background.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2020 for Statisticians in California is $109,663 annually, or $52.72 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

Change to Hourly Wages
Annual Wages for 2020Low
(25th percentile)
Median
(50th percentile)
High
(75th percentile)
California$82,554$109,663$136,966
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2020 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Statisticians typically receive excellent benefit packages, such as health and life insurance, pension plans, and vacation and sick leave.

What is the Job Outlook?

Job prospects should be good for Statisticians as businesses continue to organize and analyze data for commercial reasons and government agencies must make informed decisions on government policies. Also, large increases in available data from the Internet have opened up new areas for statistical analysis.

How Do I Qualify?

A bachelor’s degree may be sufficient for some entry-level Statistician jobs. However, many employers require a master’s degree in statistics or another closely related field such as mathematics or course work in survey methodology. Research and academic jobs generally require a Ph.D.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers remains one of the most effective job search methods. Applicants can also find employment opportunities through classified ads, professional associations, and online job boards. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at www.jobcentral.com and CalJOBSSM at www.caljobs.ca.gov.

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