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A statistician is a mathematician who specialises in statistics. They collect, interpret, analyse and present quantitative information. The information and advice they provide, form the foundations from which important decisions are based. For example, decisions on housing, population growth, jobs and transport are made using the information a statistician provides.

The largest employer of statisticians is the Government Statistical Service, with around 30 departments and agencies employing more than 1,200 statisticians. Other employers include the NHS, manufacturing industries, financial sectors, service industries, research councils and institutes, pharmaceutical industry and universities.

Salaries start at around £22,000 and go to around £53,000. Earnings in the private sector tend to be higher.

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