Statisticians design surveys and experiments that collect data, and process and analyse the information to find patterns and draw conclusions. They can be a key part of a scientific team when there is a lot of data to analyse, and may be involved in the initial design of experiments.
Statisticians also work in a range of government departments, in particular Statistics New Zealand, but also in other areas such as education, social policy and economic development; for banks, finance and insurance companies; and in market research.
It’s a relatively small profession in New Zealand, and demand is strongest for experienced statisticians with additional skills in areas such as agriculture, fisheries, physics, environmental studies or law.
Pay rates depend on qualifications, experience and the industry:
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