I am a college sophomore who is studying math on a premedical track. I have recently come to doubt whether I am up for the amount of sacrifice involved in an MD - over 11 years of education after high school, six-figure debt, and constant high stress. I am still very interested in a career in healthcare, though, and I want to try to make the biggest impact I can with my job.

My school offers a 5 year biostatistics BS/MS degree, and I am beginning to wonder if this field might be an alternative good career path for me.

Does anyone have information about the typical duties of a biostatistician? Like, what does an average day look like, what sorts of projects would I expect to work on, where would I work, what's the job market like, what kinds of career progression could I expect, etc.


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  • $\begingroup$ I am a statistician with a PhD. I worked as a biostatistician for medical device and pharmaceutical company. We worked on clinical trials to show the FDA that our products are safe and effective for medical use. These companies pay well for employees with this expertise. Even with an MS in biostatistics you can do quite well. $\endgroup$ – Michael Chernick Mar 11 '18 at 6:27
  • $\begingroup$ This isn't the kind of question we answer on this site: please see our [hep] for details. Discussions of this sort are welcomed in our chat room. $\endgroup$ – whuber Mar 11 '18 at 16:08