Statisticians design and apply statistical principles and techniques for collecting, organising and interpreting quantifiable data, and use statistical methodologies to produce statistical reports and analyses for government, commercial and other purposes.

Specialisations: Biometrician, Demographer, Epidemiologist.

A bachelor degree in mathematics and statistics or a related field is needed to work as a Statistician. Many Statisticians complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Formulates mathematical models to simulate processes.
  • Applies models to experimental observations, and adjusts and recasts the models.
  • Uses numerical analysis methods to develop algorithms and perform computations.
  • Liaises with management and clients to determine the subject or area to be surveyed or examined.
  • Specifies the data to be collected, and the methodology to be used in collection and analysis.
  • Evaluates and describes the reliability and utility of source information.
  • Analyses and interprets data and produces relevant statistics to describe and infer particular trends and patterns.

More about Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians

All Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians

  • $2,060 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Statisticians

  • 3,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 72% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 52% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Statisticians (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
from 2,900 in 2011 to 3,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Statisticians work in many parts of Australia. The Australian Capital Territory has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Education and Training; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (72%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 52% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services37.2
Education and Training20.2
Public Administration and Safety19.6
Health Care and Social Assistance7.8
Other Industries15.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateStatisticiansAll Jobs Average
NSW27.131.6
VIC22.125.6
QLD14.120.0
SA8.27.0
WA9.710.8
TAS2.72.0
NT1.01.0
ACT15.11.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketStatisticiansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.5-5.05.0
20-245.5-9.39.3
25-3429.8-22.922.9
35-4429.2-22.022.0
45-5419.7-21.621.6
55-597.5-9.09.0
60-644.8-6.06.0
65 and Over3.0-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationStatisticiansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate52.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree34.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV2.3-21.121.1
Year 126.3-18.118.1
Year 110.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.8-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in mathematics and statistics or a related field is needed to work as a Statistician. Many Statisticians complete postgraduate studies.

Membership with the Statistical Society of Australia may be useful.

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Employers look for Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians who have strong attention to detail, can communicate clearly and can work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mathematics

    89% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  2. Computers and Electronics

    71% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  3. English Language

    64% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Education and Training

    53% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Administration and Management

    47% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Spend Time Sitting

    98% Important

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  2. Electronic Mail

    95% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  3. Being Exact or Accurate

    94% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  4. Freedom to Make Decisions

    88% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  5. Face-to-Face Discussions

    87% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

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