An undergraduate degree in Statistics or Mathematics with a substantial component of Statistics is the minimum requirement to become a statistical consultant. Many statistical consultants will also have an MSc in Statistics. Due to the nature of the job the more applied courses are the most applicable to becoming a consultant. More information on the various MSc courses in Statistics available throughout the UK is provided on the Committee of Professors of Statistics webpage.
Some statistical consultants may also have a PhD in statistics. Whilst this is not a requirement to becoming a statistical consultant, it does provide additional skills in research and teaching.
Continued Professional Development
Statistical consultants need to continue their personal and professional development. Working directly with clients not only requires statistical expertise, but strong personal and professional skills, including time management, the ability to work in a team and effective communication. It is also unlikely that all of the statistical techniques required to carry out client projects will have been covered by undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Many of these skills and techniques will be learnt ‘on the job’ with the help and guidance of a mentor.
Most statistical consultants will work towards the Royal Statistical Society’s Chartered Statistician qualification. This award not only recognises statistical qualifications, but also professional training and practical experience.