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Biostatistician

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Conducts statistical analysis of health and biology-related data. Analysis may be used for product development at a pharmaceutical company, disease research at a hospital or health policy research at a public health organization.

Job Outlook

There were 605 Biostatistician job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 11509 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Biostatistician industry, which includes the Biostatistician career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Biostatistician jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $101,425.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $101,819.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Biostatistician postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $87,364.

Education and Experience

Posted Biostatistician jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree10%
Master's Degree77%
Doctoral Degree11%
Other0%

Posted Biostatistician jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years17%
3 to 5 years58%
6 to 8 years16%
9+ years9%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Biostatistician positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Teamwork / Collaboration (57%)
  • Communication Skills (52%)
  • Research (46%)
  • Meeting Deadlines (32%)
  • Leadership (22%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Biostatistics (87%)
  • SAS (83%)
  • Statistics (73%)
  • Statistical Analysis (72%)
  • Clinical Trials (53%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Oncology (18%)
  • Project Management (15%)
  • Budgeting (15%)
  • Biotechnology Industry Knowledge (11%)
  • Product Development (10%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Applied Statistics (7%)
  • Bioinformatics (7%)
  • Pharmacology (5%)
  • Clinical Data Management (5%)
  • Pharmacoepidemiology (5%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • New Drug Application (NDA) Review (3%) – marginal value $4,259

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Biostatistician skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Senior Biostatistician
  • Principal Biostatistician
  • Principal Biostatistician - Immunology, Late Phase
  • Senior/Principal Biostatistician - Neuroscience Fsp

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Biostatistician jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Cytel Inc. (4466)
  • Parexel (1154)
  • Laboratory Corporation of America (950)
  • Anthem Blue Cross (212)
  • Covance Incorporated (177)

North Carolina

  • Cytel Inc. (80)
  • Laboratory Corporation of America (75)
  • PPD (52)
  • Covance Incorporated (43)
  • Duke University (29)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!