Statisticians or Biometricians, are the mathematicians of the agricultural/environment, biological, economic, and health sectors. They work with big data using statistics and applied mathematics to solve problems and give advice to ensure research is statistically sound.
Statisticians might design surveys, questionnaires, investigations, and opinion polls to collect the data they need; and undertake research.
Agricultural Statisticians might provide data and recommendations to farmers around fertiliser management, or determine risk factors for animal diseases.
Generally, Statisticians have a Bachelor’s degree in:
Many employers prefer you have a postgraduate qualification (Master’s or PhD) in Applied Statistics.
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For a career in science
For a science career (Research Technician, Statistician, Farm Advisor or Farm Systems Modeller), but not working as a scientist, you will need an undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s Degree) which generally takes three years’ university study.
To be a scientist
You need a postgraduate qualification (Master's or Doctorate) which takes four or more years’ university study. You could be an Animal Behaviour Scientist, Plant or Animal Geneticist, Agricultural Microbiologist or Reproduction Scientist.
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