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Statistician

It’s usually necessary for aspiring statisticians to have a master’s degree in statistics, and many in this field hold Ph.D.s. The reward for all those long and lonely hours of work is a job with a mean annual wage of $77,280.

There were more than 25,000 statistician jobs in the U.S. in 2010, the most recent year for which BLS data is available. Employment for this occupation is expected to increase by 14 percent between 2010 and 2020, and statisticians who ply their trade in New Jersey can earn more than $107,000.

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