How to become a data analyst-statistician
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- a graduate training scheme
You'll usually need a degree or postgraduate degree in:
- operational research
You may be able to apply for jobs if you have a degree in a subject that included statistics as part of your course, for example social science or geography.
Courses that give you the chance to spend a year in industry or get work experience through placements, internships or real business projects may give you an advantage when you are looking for graduate jobs.
You'll usually need:
- 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You may be able to start by doing a T level in Digital Business Services. This could give you some of the skills you need to apply for a trainee position with a company.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
You could start in a junior data analysis role through a data technician advanced apprenticeship.
You could go on to complete a data analysis higher apprenticeship or data scientist degree apprenticeship.
If you want to work in health data analysis you could do a medical statistician degree apprenticeship.
To get onto an apprenticeship, you'll find it useful to have:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You can develop your professional skills and gain real work experience by helping community organisations and charities. For example, with the Royal Statistical Society.
You can apply to join the Government Statistical Service (GSS) as a trainee through the Civil Service Fast Stream programme. You'll need a good degree or postgraduate qualification.
The GSS also directly recruits graduates and people with relevant experience into positions like statistical officer.
You can find out more on careers in statistics from the Royal Statistical Society.