Biometrician

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Biometricians are the mathematicians of the biological, agricultural, and health science communities. They use statistics and applied mathematics to advise organizations about health and life science matters. The goals can be varied: They may determine risk factors for diseases, from cancer to diabetes. They may also help explain scientific or health phenomena or determine whether particular treatments are effective. Future Growth StrongBiometricians ensure that studies measure what they set out to measure – that the unit of study, the scope of the investigation, and the statistical methods are all appropriate. Biometricians also have a big role in ensuring that research is carried out efficiently. Biometrician themselves are not policy shapers, but their work may guide those who are. Some are charged with writing papers or making recommendations to governmental agencies.

The career is closely related to biostatistician. It overlaps somewhat with that of epidemiologist, but there are distinctions in training. The epidemiologist typically knows quite a lot about biology and public health. The biometrician also has training in these areas, but is more of a mathematician.

An application of statistics to medicine, agriculture, biology, and drug development is Biometry.

Knowledge, skills and attributes

To become a biometrician, you would need:

  • Efficient level of numeracy
  • Methodical way of approach
  • Good IT skills
  • Extremely high safety and health standards
  • Willingness to travel to attend meetings
  • Good communication skillsenjoy technical and engineering activities

Multimodal Biometrics
(Source: Biometric Update)

Duties and Tasks

  • Designing, analyzing and interpreting trials and the biological systems modeling.
  • Modeling the particular disease spread.
  • Performing clinical trials on newly manufactured and developed drugs.
  • Modeling population modifications for certain animal species.
  • Testing the functioning and operation of new varieties of crop.
  • Working as a researcher in agricultural institute and hospitals.
  • Working with computer software while researching.
  • Planning, evaluating and implementing clinical trials on new products.
  • Supervising and managing laboratory work.
  • Providing advice and information to external bodies and colleagues.
  • Keeping up with research on new products and attending events and conferences
  • Liaising with co-workers from non-scientific personnel

Education and training/entrance requirements

Degree in biotechnology, biological sciences, microbiology or related field from an accredited university is basic. Bachelor’s degree in pure or applied Sciences from a well known University is essential.





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