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:

  • $45-55,000 for statisticians with one to five years’ experience
  • $65-100,000 for statisticians with more than five years’ experience

Key tertiary qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Statistics, Mathematics or Econometrics
  • A Master’s degree or PhD may be preferred or required, particularly in research roles

Recommended and required school subjects:

  • Statistics and Modelling
  • Calculus
  • Digital Technologies
  • English
  • Economics

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Statistician: People who work in this role

  • Aaron Bryant

    Statistician, Aaron Bryant at work

    Robert Harrison

    Statistician, Robert Harrison at work

    Verina Yuan

    Statistician, Verina Yuan at work

Statistician: Companies that employ people in this job role

  • GNS Science
    GNS Science
    Ministry for Primary Industries
    Ministry for Primary Industries
    Plant & Food Research
    Plant & Food Research

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