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Epidemiologists

Epidemiologists
Quick Facts : Epidemiologists*
2010 Median Pay$63,010
Entry Level EducationMaster's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20125,000
Job Outlook24% (Faster than average)
Employment Change1,200


Epidemiologists investigate the causes of disease and other public health problems in an effort to prevent them from spreading. They report their findings to public policy officials and to the general public.

What Epidemiologists Do

  • Plan and direct studies of public health problems to find ways to prevent and to treat the problems
  • Collect and analyze data using observations, interviews, surveys, and samples of blood or other bodily fluids
  • Communicate their findings to health practitioners, policymakers, and the public
  • Manage public health programs by planning programs, monitoring progress, analyzing data, and seeking ways to improve them
  • Supervise professional, technical, and clerical personnel

Work Environment

Epidemiologists work in health departments, offices, universities, and laboratories. Some do fieldwork to conduct interviews and collect samples for analyses. Fieldwork may require interacting with sick patients, but epidemiologists use safety precautions to minimize their exposure.
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Job Outlook

Employment of epidemiologists is expected to increase by 24 percent from 2010 to 2020, primarily in state and local governments.
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Pay

The average salary of epidemiologists in May 2010 was $63,010.
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Epidemiologists*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Epidemiologists

63010

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

59516.2857

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Epidemiologists*
Percent Change in Employment

Epidemiologists

24.0

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

13.36232967887606

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Epidemiologists

Epidemiologists need at least a master's degree from an accredited postsecondary institution. Most have a master's degree in epidemiology or a related field. Some epidemiologists have a Ph.D.
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