Becoming a Biostatistician: A Follow-up to 'A Day in the Life of a Biostatistician'

It’s been over a year and a half since I began this blog with my, “A Day in the Life of a Biostatistician” post. To my surprise, it is hands-down the post I receive the most emails about. I really enjoy hearing from everyone who reaches out, but I thought I’d give detailed answers to the most common questions I’ve received in this follow up post. Caveat all my answers with “this is just one early-career biostatistician’s opinion,” please!

On the Sidelines: NYC's COVID-19 Outbreak from the Eyes of a Pulmonary and Critical Care Team's Biostatistician

A personal narrative about my experience on the data analytics side of NYC’s COVID-19 outbreak response. December 15, 2018. My coworker is moving to California. She’s a statistician for a group of pulmonary and critical care physicians at our New York City hospital, and I’m a statistician who’s trying not to do too many things wrong, only three months into my first job out of school. “I think you’d be good with this research team,” she tells me.

Stats on Drugs: An Interview with a Pharmaceutical CRO Biostatistician

Earlier this year I wrote my first blog post, “A Day in the Life of a Biostatistician,” documenting the granular details of my work as an early career academic research biostatistician. I’m excited to announce I am turning that post into a “day in the life” series in which I interview other biostatisticians with differing roles. My hope is that it will enlighten anyone interested in the field of biostatistics, and especially help undergraduate and current biostatistics Masters students make informed decisions about their careers.

A Day in the Life of a Biostatistician

It seems fitting that my first blog post is on a topic that I tried and failed to find via Google search a few years ago. I’ll back up for a second. A few years ago I was a recent college graduate, and trying hard to “figure out my life.” My major was biochemistry, which is one of those degrees where 99%* of people just keep on going to school.