Career profile
Also known as Actuarial Analyst, Actuarial Assistant, Actuarial Technician, Administrative Analyst, Research Assistant, Statistical Clerk, Statistical Technician
Statistical Assistant
Also known as Actuarial Analyst, Actuarial Assistant, Actuarial Technician

Interests Profile


Conventional

Investigative

Enterprising

Pay Range

$31,220  $77,070 (annual)

Required Skills


Mathematics

Reading Comprehension

Critical Thinking

Knowledge Areas


Mathematics

Computers and Electronics

Customer and Personal Service

Core tasks


Compute and analyze data, using statistical formulas and computers or calculators.

Check source data to verify completeness and accuracy.

Enter data into computers for use in analyses or reports.
What does a Statistical Assistant do?
Statistical Assistants compile and compute data according to statistical formulas for use in statistical studies.
In addition, Statistical Assistants

may perform actuarial computations and compile charts and graphs for use by actuaries,

includes actuarial clerks.
What kind of tasks does a Statistical Assistant perform regularly?
Statistical Assistants are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:

Compute and analyze data, using statistical formulas and computers or calculators.

Check source data to verify completeness and accuracy.

Enter data into computers for use in analyses or reports.

Compile reports, charts, or graphs that describe and interpret findings of analyses.

File data and related information, and maintain and update databases.

Participate in the publication of data or information.

Organize paperwork, such as survey forms or reports, for distribution or analysis.

Code data prior to computer entry, using lists of codes.

Compile statistics from source materials, such as production or sales records, qualitycontrol or test records, time sheets, or survey sheets.
The above responsibilities are specific to Statistical Assistants. More generally, Statistical Assistants are involved in several broader types of activities:
Activities

Importance 
Details 
Working with Computers


Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Getting Information


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

Analyzing Data or Information


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

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates


Providing information to supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, email, or in person.

Processing Information


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

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Analyzing Data or Information
Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
Providing information to supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, email, or in person.
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
What is a Statistical Assistant salary?
The median salary for a Statistical Assistant is
$50,360,
and the average salary is
$52,120.
Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Statistical Assistant salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Statistical Assistants earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors.
About 10% of Statistical Assistants earn less than $31,220 per year,
25% earn less than $37,970,
75% earn
less than $63,350, and
90% earn
less than $77,070.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Statistical Assistants is expected to change by 8.7%, and there should be roughly 1,300 open positions for Statistical Assistants every year.

Median annual salary

$50,360

Typical salary range

$31,220 
$77,070

Projected growth (2020  2030)

8.7%
What personality traits are common among Statistical Assistants?
Interests
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Statistical Assistant are usually higher in their
Conventional
and
Investigative
interests.
Statistical Assistants typically have very strong
Conventional
interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Also,
Statistical Assistants typically have strong
Investigative
interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Values
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Statistical Assistant tend to value
Support,
Achievement, and
Working Conditions.
Most importantly,
Statistical Assistants moderately value
Support.
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second,
Statistical Assistants moderately value
Achievement.
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Lastly,
Statistical Assistants moderately value
Working Conditions.
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Psychological Demands
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Statistical Assistants must consistently demonstrate qualities such as
attention to detail,
dependability, and
analytical thinking.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Statistical Assistants, ranked by importance:
Demands

Importance 
Details 
Attention to Detail


Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Dependability


Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Analytical Thinking


Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address workrelated issues and problems.

Integrity


Job requires being honest and ethical.

Cooperation


Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a goodnatured, cooperative attitude.

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address workrelated issues and problems.
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a goodnatured, cooperative attitude.
What education and training do Statistical Assistants need?
Many Statistical Assistants will have a fouryear bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Statistical Assistants usually need several years of workrelated experience, onthejob training, and/or vocational training.
Educational degrees among Statistical Assistants

2.0% did not complete
high school or secondary school

14.3% completed
high school or secondary school

26.0% completed
some college coursework

9.2% earned a
Associate's degree

32.7% earned a
Bachelor's degree

14.5% earned a
Master's degree

1.3% earned a
doctorate or professional degree
Knowledge and expertise required by Statistical Assistants
Statistical Assistants may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as
mathematics,
computers and electronics, or
customer and personal service
knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Statistical Assistants might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Knowledge areas

Importance 
Details 
Mathematics


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

Computers and Electronics


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

Customer and Personal Service


Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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.

Administrative


Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.
Important Abilities needed by Statistical Assistants
Statistical Assistants must develop a particular set of
abilities
to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Statistical Assistants need abilities such as
mathematical reasoning,
written comprehension, and
number facility
in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Statistical Assistants, ranked by their relative importance.
Abilities

Importance 
Details 
Mathematical Reasoning


The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

Written Comprehension


The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Number Facility


The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.

Oral Comprehension


The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Written Expression


The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Critical Skills needed by Statistical Assistants
Skills
are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in realworld settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Statistical Assistants frequently use skills like
mathematics,
reading comprehension, and
critical thinking
to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Statistical Assistants, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills

Importance 
Details 
Mathematics


Using mathematics to solve problems.

Reading Comprehension


Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in workrelated documents.

Critical Thinking


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

Active Learning


Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problemsolving and decisionmaking.

Complex Problem Solving


Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Using mathematics to solve problems.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in workrelated documents.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problemsolving and decisionmaking.
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
What is the source of this information?
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