Biostatisticians apply statistics and mathematical principles to perform research in medicine, science, public health and related fields. They develop studies to collect and analyze data to help describe the health and well-being of a population. Biostatisticians evaluate the safety of treatments, study the effectiveness of new drugs, assess the risk factors of disease and educate the public about health issues.
Biostatisticians work in health departments, universities, research institutions, pharmaceutical companies and health-related government agencies. They work normal hours, often as part of a team of scientists that include physicians, epidemiologists and public health professionals.
While a bachelor’s degree in statistics or mathematics is sufficient for entry-level positions, most biostatistician jobs require a master’s or doctorate.
The University of Iowa is the only school in the state with a biostatistics program. The master’s program takes two years to complete while the PhD program requires at least an additional year of education beyond that.
Career Outlook Map of Iowa
There are not many biostatistician jobs available in Iowa, but the outlook is good with above average growth expected for the state.