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Statistical Officers and Related Research Support Workers

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NOC:1254
Occupation:Statistical Officers and Related Research Support Workers
Category:Business, Finance, and Administration

About the job

Nature of work:

Statistical officers and related research support jobs in this group provide statistical and research support services to a wide range of businesses and organizations. They are employed throughout the private and public sectors. Statistical officers who are also supervisors are included in this group.

Job duties:
Statistical officers and related research support workers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Compile tables, charts, graphs and summarized statistics for integration in research papers and reports.
  • Process data using statistical software to conduct basic analyses of trends in support of research activities.
  • Collect, consolidate, cross-tabulate and format data from various sources to prepare draft reports for review by supervisors or researchers.
  • Assist in collection and tracking of data from monitored use of services and provide information to management and client groups.
  • May prepare technical documents and monitoring reports on volumetrics and other trend analyses.
  • May supervise statistical and research support workers.
Sample job titles:
  • psychology research assistant (except university)
  • research assistant (except post-secondary)
  • research support officer
  • social research assistant (except university)
  • statistical officer
  • statistical technician
  • technical services officer - statistics
Skills:

This work demands strong mathematical and analytical skills and an interest in research. You should be organized, concise, accurate, detail-oriented, and able to develop creative solutions to new problems. Good oral and written communication skills are important. You must be capable of working on your own and meeting deadlines. Advanced computer and technical skills for data manipulation and statistical analysis may be required in some positions.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • A college diploma or undergraduate degree in a social science, commerce, statistics or a related field is usually required.
Other considerations:

Many of the jobs in this group rely upon government funding. Therefore, changes in government spending levels will affect job opportunities in this occupational grouping. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience. Progression to professional jobs in statistics and research usually requires completion of a post-graduate degree.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Statistical Officers and Related Research Support Workers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 56% of Statistical Officers and Related Research Support Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $54,729. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Statistical Officers and Related Research Support Workers115xxx
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum:  N/A
Median: $48,236
Maximum:  N/A
Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration63,775Moderate growth6,600Low
Minimum: $13.00
Median: $21.03
Maximum: $35.90
Minimum: $6,754
Median: $36,515
Maximum: $70,271
Statistical Officers and Related Research Support WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration
Percent employed full-time96%81%
Percent self-employed26%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentStatistical Officers and Related Research Support WorkersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern11%x12%$30,581
Northernxx16%$33,660
Cape Bretonxx13%$32,974
Halifax71%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley14%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeStatistical Officers and Related Research Support WorkersCompared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration
% Employed% Employed
15-24N/Ax
25-3423%6%
35-4431%19%
45-5423%36%
55-6423%28%
65+N/A11%
Median Age3548
GenderStatistical Officers and Related Research Support WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration
% Employed% Employed
Female61%73%
Male39%27%
EducationStatistical Officers and Related Research Support WorkersCompared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolxx4.7%$23,775
High school14.8%x23.7%$30,074
Trades certificatexx5.8%$32,871
College certificate or diploma18.5%$49,40234.4%$33,837
University certificate or diplomaxx3.0%$35,053
Bachelor's degree25.9%x22.9%$39,473
University advanced certificate or diplomaxx1.7%$40,672
Master's degreexx3.6%$23,407
Doctorate33.3%x0.2%$48,614
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.1%$41,688
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Statistics Canada
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Tel: (800) 263-1136
STATCAN.infostats-infostats.STATCAN@canada.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Business/commerce - General
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the general study of business, including the processes of interchanging goods and services (buying, selling and producing), business organization, and accounting as used in profit-making and non-profit public and private institutions and agencies. The program prepares individuals to apply business principles and techniques in various occupational settings.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Mathematics and statistics - Other
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program not listed above that relates to Mathematics and Statistics.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Program Name:Statistics - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on the relationships between groups of measurements, and similarities and differences, using probability theory and techniques derived from it. These programs include courses in the principles in probability theory, binomial distribution, regression analysis, standard deviation, stochastic processes, Monte Carlo method, Bayesian statistics, non-parametric statistics, sampling theory, and statistical techniques.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
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