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Statisticians are mathematicians who work with theoretical and applied statistics in the both the private and public sectors. The core of that work is to measure, interpret, and describe the world and human activity patterns within it.
It is common to combine statistical knowledge with expertise in other subjects. The applications are varied. Statisticians apply their knowledge to production, research, finances, medicine, insurance, and government. They often are employed to support managerial decisions.
Civilizations have used the work of statisticians for thousands of years. Statistics was employed in ancient Egypt in censuses of population and cattle. Typical work might involve developing a model and sampling plans, analyzing survey results, or contributing to agricultural or econometric forecasts.
- Statistician entry, Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Careers Center, American Statistical Association
- Listing of tasks and duties - The International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO)
- Listings of nature of work etc - O*NET
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