Statisticians collect, analyse and interpret numerical data across a broad spectrum of industries and topics. They can work in areas as diverse as analysing medical data to determine where outbreaks of disease began and how they are likely to spread, through to compiling a cricketer’s batting and/or bowling figures. Statisticians design data collection methodologies, including sample size, location, questions to be asked and data collection method. Once the data has been collected they can examine it for patterns and trends, which can suggest reasons behind past events and sometimes also predict likely future happenings.


Government of WA Department of Training and Workplace Development. (2017). Statistician. Retrieved from: http://www.careercentre.dtwd.wa.gov.au/Occupations/Pages/statistician.aspx