If you’ve already made the choice to work as a statistician or statistical programmer within medical research, then you might be wondering what career paths will be open to you in the future. The area of medical research offers excellent career progression due to the wide range of routes that you can take; you could choose to focus on your technical skills and become a methodology expert for example, or you may prefer to develop your soft skills and become a manager.
The list below has been included to give you an idea of some of the routes you can take once you’re working within medical research. The information is intended to be a guide only, and will vary from company to company. We couldn’t include all roles as there are so many possibilities – but here are a few good examples. Click on each role for an in-depth profile, written by someone within the industry.
Senior biostatistician / Senior statistical programmer : Teodora Trasieva
Principal biostatistician / Principal statistical programmer : Amanda Darekar
Freelance / Contract statistician
Experience level:5 years +
- Depending on experience level, contractors may be hired to offer specialist support on particular tasks (e.g. submissions) or projects, or may be hired to share the workload during busy spells.
- Work on short to medium-term temporary contracts.
Experience level: 15 years +
Strategic leadership within a department and across departments, process review and improvement, business management and performance.
Experience level: 10 years +
Self-employed experts who can offer advice and support to clients.