Biostatisticians are experts in analyzing medical, scientific and public health data. Many are members of new drug development teams, comparing data on the side effects, success rate or other aspects of one drug (or drug combination) with that of another. Other biostatisticians are involved in environmental, medical or public health research. Depending on the work setting, biostatisticians may:
• design and implement studies to measure a treatment’s effectiveness.
• review public health information to identify patterns of disease, health-related
environmental issues or health care cost trends.
• analyze research data for significance.
• develop conclusions and recommendations based on statistical information.
Biostatisticians are employed in a wide variety of professional partnerships, the pharmaceutical industry, health delivery services, environmental studies and universities, as well as state, federal and local health departments and agencies.
Average Salary Range
$37,000 – $150,000
Students interested in becoming a biostatistician should have a strong interest and background in math and science, as well as English. While entry level biostatistics jobs are available to those who have completed
a bachelor’s degree, more advanced positions require a master’s or doctoral
American Public Health Association
800 I St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 777-2742 (APHA)
American Association for the
Advancement of Science
1200 New York Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
American Statistical Association
1429 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA 22314-3415