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New York Health Careers

Biostatisticians

What Do Biostatisticians Do?

Biostatisticians are trained to use statistical methods to analyze health care data to help understand the causes of diseases. Biostatisticians are included in the broader category of statisticians and are also part of a broader set of public health professions. To view a description of the public health field and a list of other public health professionals, click here.

Biostatisticians also design surveys, questionnaires, and other data collection tools to collect data the data they need for their research or also analyze secondary data, which is data that someone else collected. For further information regarding biostatisticians go to http://www.bls.gov/ooh/math/statisticians.htm.

Where Do Biostatisticians Work?

Biostatisticians often work in teams of health professionals and are commonly employed by federal, state, and local governments. Biostatisticians may also be contracted or hired by pharmaceutical companies, research organizations, hospitals, or other health care institutions. They usually work in office settings, though they may go into the community to collect data.

What Do Biostatisticians Earn?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that statisticians earned $85,790 (entry-level: $58, 370, experienced: $103,890) in 2017 in New York, somewhat higher than what statisticians earned nationally, $80,500. Statisticians generally earn more in private companies than they do in government, in health care settings, or in other not-for-profit organizations.

Supply and Demand

Projected growth for biostatisticians is much faster than average nationwide for the period 2014-2024 at 33.8%. Projected growth for biostatisticians in New York during the same period is 54.9%.

Educational Program Requirements

Most statisticians have a background in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) with about half earning a Master’s degree and about half earning a Doctoral degree. In addition to a statistics background, biostatisticians will also have course work related to health care.

 New York Licensure Requirements

Licensure or certification is not necessary for biostatisticians. During the course of a biostatistician’s career, Institutional Board Certification (IRB) certification for research with human subjects and classified data may be necessary for job duties. Additionally, biostatisticians can be certified through the National Board of Public Health Examiners. For more information on a certification in public health, click on https://www.nbphe.org/.

Education Programs in New York (Subject to Change)

Brooklyn College
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
(718) 951 5000
Columbia University
Mailman School of Public Health
722 West 168th St.
New York, NY 10032
(212) 305 3927
Hofstra University
500 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
(516) 463 6600
Hunter College
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
(646) 364 9600
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
1 Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029
(212) 241 6500
New York Medical College
40 Sunshine Cottage Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
(914) 594 4000
New York University
82 Washington Square
New York, NY 10003
(212) 998 5030
SUNY – Downstate Medical Center
450 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(718) 270 1065
SUNY – Stony Brook
101 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
(631) 632 8490
University at Albany
1 University Place
Rensselaer, NY 12144
(518) 402 0372
University at Buffalo
270 Farber Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 829 5000