Quickfacts:

Median Annual Salary:

$70,990

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Job Description

Epidemiologists are scientists that study diseases within populations of people. They investigate and describe the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, or health outcomes. They also may develop means for prevention and control.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, epidemiologists are essential to determine how quickly the disease is spreading and helping to predict what will happen with the disease in the future. Epidemiologists also help us understand the origins of the disease and can help identify risk factors that can be used to help individuals make decisions about behavior (like hand washing and social distancing).

Patient Contact

Low

Employment Outlook

From 2014 to 2024, epidemiologists can expect to see a growth in demand of 6% for their skills. This is higher than the national average for most other professions.

Education

Masters – 5+ Years