Biostatisticians use their knowledge of mathematics, science, and statistics to research critical queries in health care and public health. Together with researchers, biostatisticians collect and examine data that will provide relevant conclusions about critical medical queries, including the relationship between a psychotropic drug and weight gain, or the relevance between smoking and heart illness. Hand-in-hand with the researchers, they find the best process to collect data given the query the researchers are trying to answer. Statisticians offer tips and guidelines about data gathering (what techniques can be used to collect data) and sample size (the number of subjects needed for a specific research to yield meaningful results).
Educational Requirements and Qualifications
A biostatistician must have a comprehensive background in science, math, and most importantly in (bio)statistics. Biostatistics is the use of statistics with a variety of biology topics. It covers the design of biological testing, particularly in agriculture and medicine; the gathering and summarizing of data from these medical testings; and the interpretation of, and inference from the outcomes of these examinations. The Mmjority of educational programs in biostatistics are at postgraduate level and are usually present in public health schools and associated with schools of agriculture, forestry and medicine, or as a specialized application of statistics.
Generally, biostatistician positions need a Ph. D. or a master’s degree. One should also have a working knowledge of the statistical computer applications like SAS, MS Windows applications ,and experience with the creation and design of clinical studies. Biostatisticians must be logical, cautious and methodical, innovative and flexible, and at the same time have the skills to design new processes to collect and examine data when new challenges arise.
Duties and Responsibilities
Biostatisticians’ duties and responsibilities include participating in examining the performance of assigned project staff. They must map out, develop and supervise timelines for statistical and data management activities in agreement with clinical and medical requirements for the assigned project. They must conduct reviewv for clinical study procedures and statistical and data management documents made by others, contribute to the training and progress of new biostatisticians, spearhead efforts in the progress, maintain and observe therapeutic area standards. Biostatisticians offer data and statistical management input into process development. They also write Statistical Analysis Plans for assigned projects and supervise IVRS.
Biostatisticians also supervise the progress of Data Manageent Plans for specific projects. They offer statistical contribution into case Report Form design for specific projects and supervise the endeavors in certification, enhancement, and examination of the research database. Biostatisticians are also responsible for planning and executing professional development and provide expertise and leadership in solving complicated problems and upholding company goals.
For biostatisticians who have less than a year of work experience, the average salary is at least $46,0000 or as much as $71,000. For those who have one to four years of work experience, average yearly salary is between $52,000 and $82,000. Biostatisticians who have worked five to nine years are earning between $69,000 and $99, 0000. Those who have ten to nineteen years experience can earn as much as $117,000 annually. While those with more experiences were earning as much as $140,000 every year.*
*According to the BLS, http://www.bls.gov/oco/