Within academia, I am wondering how statisticians use the titles/description of "statistician" versus "applied statistician." Also, what is the difference between an "applied statistician" and an academic researcher whose work focuses on or involves the application of (relatively) advanced stats to questions in their field (I'll call this a Quantitative ________, where the blank can be any field). What types of training and expertise do these different titles/terms imply?
Context: I am a PhD biologist and am applying for a lectureship in a stats department and am not sure how my definition of these terms/roles compares to those of actual statisticians. To my peers I refer to myself a "quantitative ecologist." I am wondering if I can call myself an "applied statistician" or if that would be overreach given my training (I have taken a number of applied stats courses but am mostly a self-taught user of stats and programmer).
In my mind
- Academic statistician: PhD in stats, math, or biostats and highly trained in fundamental mathematics and theory of stats. Might work on theory, methods development, or directly on applied questions. Key diagnostic: can convey statistical ideas entirely in matrix algebra. EDIT:Publishes all their work in statistics journals.
- Applied statistician: PhD in any academic field, whose research/work is focused on development and/or application of novel or highly advanced methods to applied problems. Might or might not have high levels of formal training in math and stats but is fluent in mathematics. Key diagnostics: EDIT:Publishes most or all of their work in statistics journals.
- Quantitative _______: Similar to applied statistician, but whose training in math might be less complete or formal, and/or might focus more on computational aspects of statistical application than mathematical aspects (Such as development of computational algorithms, statistical packages, best practices, etc). Key diagnostics: is fluent in a programming language and/or teaches their department's grad-level applied stats class.EDIT:Publishes their work in journals within their field.