There is not just one route to becoming a medical statistician or statistical programmer in the pharmaceutical industry. There are many valuable skills and experiences you can bring to a company. However, all statisticians and programmers need to firstly be good mathematicians, so it is important to choose A levels carefully. Both medical statisticians and programmers will need to go to university to get their first degree (bachelor’s degree [BSc]). Medical statisticians usually also need a second degree (master’s degree [Msc or MMath], or sometimes even a doctorate [PhD]) in statistics or medical statistics.
Explore the profiles below to see examples of how you can develop mathematical, statistical and scientific skills that will be invaluable for building your career.
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