Maritime Statistician

We're looking for people who:

enjoy working with data and analyzing information using statistics.

What you will do:

You will work with numerical information - collecting, organizing, interpreting and summarizing data to provide information for the maritime industry. Information you will examine includes accidents at sea, pollution levels, and data about cruise passengers and operational ships. Some specific tasks you will be asked to complete include:

  • Identify important principles and facts by analyzing and separating information into distinct parts
  • Identify and collect information from a variety of sources
  • Create software programs to help analyze data
  • Report information and findings to supervisors, project teams and others in clear and concise terms

Knowledge required for this job:

  • Practice applying all branches of mathematical principles, including arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, and statistics
  • Capable of interpreting and presenting data to different audiences, using appropriate language and writing skills
  • Critical thinking ability to recognize valid data sources

Skills required for this job:

  • The ability to perceive how new information affects current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  • Logical and analytical processes to help others understand the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions to a problem
  • The ability to integrate different aspects of a puzzling situation into a coherent whole

What education you need:

Most statistical jobs require an advanced degree, such as a master's degree or doctorate. Most of the people (89.3%) ages 25-44 who currently hold this kind of job have a bachelor's degree or higher. The most common educational level is a master's degree.


Nationally, people working in this job earn between $17.79 and $52.22 an hour. In Maryland, the pay scale ranges from $24.60 - $57.19 an hour. (Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) 2007)

Future job prospects

Nationally, all statisticians' jobs are expected to grow from 18,900 positions in 2004 to 19,800 in 2014. (+5%) In Maryland, jobs are expected to increase from 2,520 in 2004 to 2,720 in 2014. (+8%)

According to the Maryland Commission on Higher Education, training for this career is available through these resources:

The Maryland Career Clusters help students prepare for their future education and careers while they are in high school.  The job of Marine Statistician is a career opportunity in the Business Management and Finance Career Cluster, in the core area of Business Management.

You can explore other careers in the Business Management Cluster here.