Biostatisticians: what are they?

Biostatisticians are a growing field that emerges both biology and statistics in order to develop new observations, ideas, and accomplishments in these subjects. According to the US Bureau, job openings are expected to grow by an incredulous 34% in the next 10 years. This increase is directed by the vast growth of the health sector, as well as the statistics and business sectors. Thus, it is vital for STEM-focused individuals to become aware of this career and potentially consider it as an opportunity.


The functions of this career are broad and entertaining. One must be skilled at drawing conclusions or making predictions based on data summaries or statistical analyses. Furthermore, it is vital that one has expertise in working in research studies in collaboration with physicians, life scientists, or other professionals, and analyzing clinical or survey data using statistical approaches such as longitudinal analysis, mixed effect modeling, logistic regression analyses, and model building techniques. Typically, those who are interested in biostatistics like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They are excellent at these 3 qualities: analytical thinking, paying attention to little details, and cooperation. Analytical thinking is necessary in order to draw conclusions based on data. Having a knack for considering all the tiny details is important because data between experiments and models can be difficult to differentiate. And cooperation is necessary because biostatisticians typically work in group environments in order to make sure no possible conclusion is let out of consideration.


In education terms, simply a masters or grad-school program in either biostatistics, biology with a minor in statistics or vice versa is ideal for biostatisticians. These programs are not overly difficult to enroll in, and are much less competitive than majors including computer science, electrical engineering, and business. There is no licensure or certification required after schooling – once your schooling has been completed, you are free to apply for biostatistician job opportunities. It is also recommended to take classes in computer science as computer science improves one’s knowledge of statistics and availability in the job market. Data science, coding models and programming are advantageous in this career and can potentially boost one’s salary by $10,000.

In all, biostatisticians are a vital part of the economy. Their position in breaking down health informatics is essential to humanity. The reason for our knowledge of maintaining good health relies on their experiments, surveys and calculations that have been progressed for centuries. Thus, for future STEM-workers with an interest in the science, technology and math, as well as those of humanities with an interest in critical thinking and reasoning, biostatistics is an incredible field that merges all these skills into one versatile profession.

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