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Biostatistics is Booming

The areas of biotechnology and health care offer many opportunities for new and emerging careers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. One of these is biostatistics, an occupation that is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years.

What is Biostatistics?

The American Statistical Association® describes biostatistics as “the development and application of statistical techniques to scientific research in health-related fields, including medicine, epidemiology, and public health.”

Biostatisticians help design clinical studies and analyze data from research problems, including:

  • making predictions based on data summaries
  • analyzing clinical data using statistical approaches
  • providing biostatistical consultation
  • writing research proposals or grant applications

An Abundance of Job Opportunities

Some of the top schools around the country offer advanced degrees in biostatistics. With a master’s or doctoral degree in the field, you will be qualified for opportunities in government, industry and academia. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to grow by 27% from 2012–2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. This is due to the increased use of statistical analysis to make informed business, health care and policy decisions.

Chart displaying annual median income for biostatistics during 2014: $79,990

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Start with the GRE® General Test

As a prospective graduate school applicant in this field, taking the GRE® General Test would be an excellent idea. It is accepted at thousands of graduate schools worldwide, as well as departments and divisions within these schools.

The GRE General Test lets you apply more of your personal test-taking strategies, so that within each section you can skip questions and go back, change answers and more. It is also the only admissions test that lets you send only your best scores to schools, so you can take the test more than once to try and better your scores.