Next Steps: How to become a Statistician or Statistical Programmer

There is not just one route to becoming a medical statistician or statistical programmer in the pharmaceutical industry. There are many valuable skills and experiences you can bring to a company. However, all statisticians and programmers need to firstly be good mathematicians, so it is important to choose A levels carefully. Both medical statisticians and programmers will need to go to university to get their first degree (bachelor’s degree [BSc]). Medical statisticians usually also need a second degree (master’s degree [Msc], or sometimes even a doctorate [PhD]) in statistics or medical statistics.

Explore the profiles below to see examples of how you can develop mathematical, statistical and scientific skills that will be invaluable for building your career.

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  • PSI Toxicology SIG Workshop 2019 - Dates: 02 – 03 Apr, 2019

    This 1.5-day workshop will involve approximately 20 statisticians, focusing on discussions around “best practice” in the statistical analysis of various data types.​
  • PSI Journal Club: Missing Data - Dates: 24 – 24 Jan, 2019

    Our next journal club, held jointly with the DIA, features two papers on the topic of Statistical Considerations for Innovative Designs in Clinical Trials. Please join us to hear Jason Yuan and Xiangmin Zhang present their recent work.

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Associate / Senior / Principal Statistical Scientist positions