Statistics gives meaning to numbers and include the ways in which information is collected, processed and interpreted. The statistician plans, collects, processes and analyses data to make decisions.

The work of the statistician can fall into two broad categories:

Academic (research) statistics: exceptional mathematical ability is needed for the training of students, the conducting of statistical research in a chosen specialised field and the developing or refining of theories.

Applied (practical) statistics: planning and conducting of experiments or projects to collect and analyse information in fields such as engineering, chemistry, medicine, finance, astronomy, life insurance, psychology and agriculture.

Typical responsibilities of the job include designing data acquisition trials, assessing results and analysing trends and applying statistical methodology to complex data.  They also need to act in a consultancy capacity, design and implement data-gathering / management computer systems and software and supervise junior statistical staff.  Other tasks are using statistics to make forecasts and to provide projected figures, presenting information in a variety of formats, conveying complex information to people who may not be specialists, liaising with colleagues and attending meetings.

Important skills are good IT skills, numerical skills, analytical skills, written and verbal communication skills, self-confidence and good inter-personal skills.


  • colleges, universities of technology and universities

  • business organisations

  • industries

  • research institutions

  • government departments

  • municipalities

  • market research firms

  • the Central Statistical Service

  • Eskom

  • financial institutions

  • international organisations e.g. World Bank


Accra Polytechnic, Bindura University of Science Education, Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Bugema University, Busitema University, Catholic Institute of Kabgayi, Catholic University College of Ghana, Cavendish University, Chinhoyi University of Technology, College of Intergrated Healthcare, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Egerton University, Gideon Roberts University, Institute of Applied Sciences, Institute of Development Management, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Tanzania), Kaimosi Friends University College, Kampala Institute of Vocational Training and Business Studies, Karatina University, Kenyatta University, Kibabii University, Kigali Independent University, Kirinyaga University College, Kiriri Women's University of Science and Technology, Kisii University, Koforidua Polytechnic, Kumasi Polytechnic, Kwame Nkrumah University, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kyambogo University, Laikipia University, Maasai Mara University, Machakos University College, Makerere University, Marian University College, Maseno University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Mega Size College, Meritorious Biz Tech College, Meru University of Science and Technology, Methodist University College Ghana, Moi University, Mount Kenya University, Mukuba University, Murang'a University of Technology, Mzumbe University, Namibia University of Science and Technology, National University of Lesotho, National University of Science & Technology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, North-West University, Pentecost University College, Presbyterian University College, Pwani University College, Regent University College of Science & Technology, Rongo University College, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Soroti University, Taita Taveta University College, Technical University of Kenya, Technical University of Mombasa, The Copperbelt University, Tom Mboya University College, Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda Technology and Management University, University for Development Studies, University of Botswana, University of Cape Coast, University of Cape Town, University of Dar Es Salaam, University of Eastern Africa Baraton, University of Eldoret, University of Ghana, University of Johannesburg, University of Kabianga, University of Kigali, University of Kisubi, University of Lusaka, University of Malawi (Chancellor College), University of Malawi (The Polytechnic), University of Mauritius, University of Mines & Technology Tarkwa, University of Nairobi, University of Namibia, University of Pretoria, University of Rwanda, University of Stellenbosch, University of Swaziland, University of the Free State, University of the Western Cape, University of the Witwatersrand, University of Zambia, Valley View University, Walter Sisulu University, Zambian Open University


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