Applied statistics is the application of statistical data and its organization as well as analysis by skilled professionals in the field. Their work functions are different from traditional statisticians who concentrate on the theoretical part of statistics. Applied statistician responsibilities mainly involve the application of sound statistical knowledge in real world scenarios. Most jobs available in the field of applied statistics are found in government agency related work. Applied statistics is used in various fields such as scientific, medical, sports, education and even military forces.
There are also a number of private sector organizations that hire applied statisticians for data projection and interpolation measures. They play an important role in quality control and overall development of the processes by collating past data and predicting its future outcome on the basis of statistical functions. As most modern organizations have realized the importance of advanced planning and implementation based on past data, the role of applied statisticians has increased manifold in the past few years.
Chief Responsibilities of an Applied Statistician
Given below is a list of the main functions carried out by an applied statistician.
Additional Responsibilities of an Applied Statistician
In addition to the core responsibilities mentioned above, applied statisticians also carry out a number of other tasks. Some of them have been given below:
Owing to the nature of their job which may involve constant interaction with a number of people, an applied statistician must possess excellent communication and inter personal skills in order to carry out his/her job responsibilities in an effective manner. They must have good analytical abilities and a knack of solving problems in crunch situations. As most statistical calculations are carried out with the help of specific computer systems and programs, applied statisticians are expected to have good knowledge in the usage of these software programs as well as other applications such as MS Excel and PowerPoint for reporting and presentation purposes. They must be able to handle large amounts of data without committing any errors while carrying out the calculations and analysis.
A master's degree in statistics is generally considered to be the minimum requirements for this job position. However, in some cases, a candidate with a bachelor's degree and good skills may also be considered for the same post. Some research positions may require the candidate to have a Ph. D. in statistics along with several years of experience in the field. Some statisticians are expected to study the basics of the respective field in which they are working so that they can carry out their statistical tasks in a more effective manner. Prior experience in the field is also a requirement for many high level job openings.
Most applied statisticians work in an office based environment with comfortable lighting conditions. They have a desk based job with long hours spent in front of a computer collecting and analyzing data. This may result in eye strain and back pains because of the continued stress involved. Also, they may have to work over the general 40 hour work period in a week in case of extra work load.
Thus, applied statistician responsibilities and work functions are mostly similar to those of theoretical statisticians, except for the ultimate use of the statistical data in applied fields.