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Statistician / Statistician EU

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Statistician - EU
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€31 -  
Related Information:
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.
Shortage Indicator

The National Skills Bulletin 2016 reports skills shortages in the areas of:

Business intelligence & data analytics: experienced (5 years+) statisticians; entry level and experienced revenue managers (specific sectors, e.g. hospitality); financial systems analysts; economists and data scientists (big data, data visualisations and quantitative modelling).

4%
Occupational Category

Actuaries, Economists & Statisticians; other Business Professionals

Also included in this category:

Actuarial consultants; economists; statistical analysts; researchers; researchers (journalism); consultants (research); policy advisers (government); librarians; archivists and curators

Number Employed:

7,400

Part time workers: 5%
Aged over 55: 19%
Male / Female: 46 / 54%
Non-Nationals: 17%
With Third Level: 91%
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At a Glance... header image

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


The Work header image

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.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Identify relationships and trends in data, as well as any factors that could affect the results of research.

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Report results of statistical analyses, including information in the form of graphs, charts, and tables.

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Analyze and interpret statistical data to identify significant differences in relationships among sources of information.

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Adapt statistical methods to solve specific problems in many fields, such as economics, biology, and engineering.

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Develop software applications or programming to use for statistical modeling and graphic analysis.

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Develop and test experimental designs, sampling techniques, and analytical methods.

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Prepare data for processing by organizing information, checking for any inaccuracies, and adjusting and weighting the raw data.

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Plan data collection methods for specific projects and determine the types and sizes of sample groups to be used.

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Process large amounts of data for statistical modeling and graphic analysis, using computers.

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Evaluate the statistical methods and procedures used to obtain data to ensure validity, applicability, efficiency, and accuracy.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:  Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:  Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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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.

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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.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Programming:   Writing computer programs for various purposes.

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Science:   Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

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 Routesheader image

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.

Last Updated: July, 2014


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