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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 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/math/mathematicians-and-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.

How Much Do Biostatisticians Earn?

In 2022, the average annual income reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for statisticians in the United States was $105,510. The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) reports that, in 2023, statisticians in New York earned a median annual salary of $115,608 (statisticians in the 25th percentile made approximately $75,599 while those in the 75th percentile made approximately $176,902).

Supply and Demand

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of jobs for Mathematicians and Statisticians in the U.S. will increase by 31% between 2021 and 2031.

For more information on projections of statisticians by New York State labor regions, click here.

New York Educational 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)

University at Buffalo
704 Kimball Tower
Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 645-2000
Columbia University
Mailman School of Public Health
722 West 168th St
New York, NY 10032
(212) 342-5127
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
College of Global Public Health
665 Broadway, 11th Fl
New York, NY 10012
(212) 992-6741
SUNY – Downstate Medical Center 
School of Public Health
450 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(718) 270 1065
University of Rochester
School of Medicine & Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave
Rochester, NY 14642
(585) 275-0016
University at Albany-SUNY
1 University Place
Rensselaer, NY 12144
(518) 402- 0283
NYU Langone Health
Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
550 First Ave
New York, NY 10016
(212) 263-5648
CUNY Grad School of Public Health
& Health Policy
Epidemiology & Biostatistics
55 w 125th St
New York, NY  10027
(646) 364-9600
Rochester Institute of Technology
One Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 475-2411
SUNY Binghamton
4400 Vestal Parkway East
Binghamton, NY 13902
(607) 777-2151
Syracuse University
900 South Crouse Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244
(315) 443-1870
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
1 Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029
(212) 241 6500