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In Brief...

Collects and analyses information for polls, surveys and other forms of research.

Knowledge

  • Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills

  • Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

In Summary - Statistician / Statistician EU

Career Sectors

Statistician / Statistician EUs typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Working for the EU
Government, Politics & EU
Maths and Your Career
Physics, Mathematics & Space Science
Statistics
Physics, Mathematics & Space Science

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Further Information

The Work - Statistician / Statistician EU

Statisticians collect, analyse and interpret numerical data. Their results can help others to make informed decisions, create policies, or comment on aspects of modern life.  
 
Many statisticians work in central or local government departments, using statistical information to help make policies, and provide advice to the public. Results from the Central Statistics Office are often used in the media. Senior government statisticians work closely with ministers.  
 
Statisticians often work in teams, collecting and analysing data from a variety of sources. They have to be aware of bias in the methods they use to collect or explain data. Bias can occur unintentionally, perhaps if a factor is left out; this distorts the results. In a survey, questions asked can be vague or ambiguous.  
 
There is always the danger that statistics can be interpreted in different ways, especially by opposing political parties. For example, statisticians working in the Central Statistics Office collect and publish unemployment figures. They may have to explain their methods and results to ministers, journalists and industry analysts.  
 
There are also many statisticians in industry, business and commerce. In pharmaceutical companies, they plan and analyse reports on clinical trials of new drugs. In manufacturing industries, statisticians have a vital role in quality management. They also help to predict demand and target products at a particular market.
 
In the financial sector, they may specialise in risk analysis for businesses, for example, producing accident statistics for companies.  
 
Also Statisticians are widely used in sport today to calculate possession time, speed, accuracy and error information.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Identify relationships and trends in data, as well as any factors that could affect the results of research.
  • Report results of statistical analyses, including information in the form of graphs, charts, and tables.
  • Analyze and interpret statistical data to identify significant differences in relationships among sources of information.
  • Adapt statistical methods to solve specific problems in many fields, such as economics, biology, and engineering.
  • Develop software applications or programming to use for statistical modeling and graphic analysis.
  • Develop and test experimental designs, sampling techniques, and analytical methods.
  • Prepare data for processing by organizing information, checking for any inaccuracies, and adjusting and weighting the raw data.
  • Plan data collection methods for specific projects and determine the types and sizes of sample groups to be used.
  • Process large amounts of data for statistical modeling and graphic analysis, using computers.
  • Evaluate the statistical methods and procedures used to obtain data to ensure validity, applicability, efficiency, and accuracy.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

Interests - Statistician / Statistician EU

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Administrative

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

Investigative

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

Qualities

As a statistician, you must have excellent mathematical and numerical skills. You will need a logical and methodical approach, and should enjoy solving problems. Computing skills are also necessary. You must be aware of bias, and be able to explain your results clearly, both verbally and in writing.

Entry Requirements - Statistician / Statistician EU

To become a Statistician a student must have a primary and/or a postgraduate degree with a high statistical content. The primary degree is usually either a B.A. or B.Sc. with Statistics as a major subject. Relevant courses are available in educational institutions throughout Ireland. 
 
Some employers will support part-time study for postgraduate training.  
 
To become a statistician with the EU institutions:

You must have:

  • a good command of at least 2 European languages (one of which must be English, French or German)

To join at administrator-level, you must have:

  • a degree in statistics, economics, mathematics or a related discipline (or be graduating in the current year) for entry at Grade AD 5
  • several years’ relevant experience, to join us at a more senior level (Grade AD 7).

To join at assistant-level you must have either :

  • post-secondary education in an appropriate subject and at least 3 years' relevant professional experience, or
  • secondary education and at least 6 years' relevant professional experience

Selection procedure

Statistics is often one of the fields included in the EU annual graduate selection procedure launched in spring each year, and/or the EU Assistant selection procedure, launched towards the end of the year annually.

Check "What's coming up" on the EPSO homepage for announcements about application deadlines. Find out more about the EU Careers selection procedure here. You may also find the sample tests area useful.

See: EPSO - European Personnel Selection Office - EU Career profiles - Economics / Statistics

Last Updated: December, 2016

Pay & Salary - Statistician / Statistician EU

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €31k - €k

Monthly salaries in the EU Institutions range from around 2,600 per month for a newly recruited AST/SC 1 official to around 16,000 per month for a top level AD 16 official with over four years of seniority.
Each grade is broken up into five seniority steps with corresponding salary increases. Basic salaries are adjusted annually in line with inflation and purchasing power in the EU countries.
For example, the monthly salary level for entrants at AD Grade 5 is 4,349 rising to 5,568 at Grade 7.
As the name may suggest the basic monthly salary is just the starting point to remuneration associated with EU jobs as an employee may be entitled to allowances. All payments are subject to relevant tax and charges.

For information on salary scales in the public sector please see www.publicjobs.ie.

Data Source(s):
Official Journal of the European Union & EPSO

Last Updated: April, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

Labour Market Updates - Statistician / Statistician EU

There is a strong indication that demand exists for this occupation across several sectors (both public and private), although the number employed is too small to allow reliable analysis. As such, any shortages are likely to be small in number.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

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