Biostatisticians help develop research studies to study patterns of diseases and treatments for diseases. Biostatisticians apply mathematics and statistics to the compilation, analysis, and reporting of health-related information.
Biostatisticians might estimate what percentage of a certain population is likely to develop a disease, consider the likelihood of disease transmission, and look at data from clinical trials and studies to determine the best method of intervention.
Biostatisticians also use their expertise in sampling and statistical significance to assist health investigators in designing studies.
Biostatisticians are usually employed in local and state health departments, federal or state agencies, private industry, and research.
Job growth for statisticians will be about 14% by 2020, which is slightly faster than average when compared to other fields. However, growth in the biostatistics and health field could be faster because of greater demand for healthcare services.
Biostatisticians receive their education through academic programs at colleges or universities. Biostatisticians must earn at least a bachelor’s degree, and most academic programs require a master’s or doctoral degree.
Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.
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