Epidemiologists

General Information

Description

Investigate and describe the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, or health outcomes. May develop the means for prevention and control.

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Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of epidemiologists is projected to grow 30 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 900 openings for epidemiologists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$74,560

Military salary*

$119,593

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State-by-state Salary

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$101,990
$40,580
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Master's degree 60%
  • Doctoral degree 23%
  • Bachelor's degree 6%
  • Post-doctoral training 6%
  • Post-master's certificate 3%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Computers and Electronics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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