Also known as Chronic Disease Epidemiologist, Communicable Disease Specialist, Environmental Epidemiologist, Epidemiologist, Epidemiology Investigator, Infection Control Practitioner (ICP), Nurse Epidemiologist, Public Health Epidemiologist, Research Epidemiologist, State Epidemiologist
Also known as Chronic Disease Epidemiologist, Communicable Disease Specialist, Environmental Epidemiologist
Epidemiologists investigate and describe the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, or health outcomes.
In addition, Epidemiologists may develop the means for prevention and control.
Epidemiologists are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Epidemiologists. More generally, Epidemiologists are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for an Epidemiologist is $74,560, and the average salary is $83,620. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Epidemiologist salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Epidemiologists earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Epidemiologists earn less than $49,140 per year, 25% earn less than $59,380, 75% earn less than $97,270, and 90% earn less than $126,040.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Epidemiologists is expected to change by 30.8%, and there should be roughly 900 open positions for Epidemiologists every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as an Epidemiologist are usually higher in their Investigative and Social interests.
Epidemiologists typically have very strong Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Also, Epidemiologists typically have moderate Social interests. Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as an Epidemiologist tend to value Achievement, Recognition, and Independence.
Most importantly, Epidemiologists strongly value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Second, Epidemiologists strongly value Recognition. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious.
Lastly, Epidemiologists strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Epidemiologists must consistently demonstrate qualities such as analytical thinking, integrity, and attention to detail.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Epidemiologists, ranked by importance:
Many Epidemiologists have earned a graduate degree. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a doctoral degree, such as a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D..
Epidemiologists may need some on-the-job training, but most candidates will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Epidemiologists may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as mathematics, medicine and dentistry, or biology knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Epidemiologists might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Epidemiologists must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Epidemiologists need abilities such as problem sensitivity, oral comprehension, and written comprehension in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Epidemiologists, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Epidemiologists frequently use skills like science, reading comprehension, and critical thinking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Epidemiologists, ranked by their relative importance.
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