Epidemiologists
SOC: 19-1041.00

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
5,800 employed

Projected (2024):
6,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Chronic Disease Epidemiologist
  • Clinical Epidemiologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Communicable Disease Specialist
  • Environmental Epidemiologist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Epidemiologist Advanced
  • Epidemiology Investigator
  • Epidemiology Professor
  • Histopathologist
  • Infection Control Nurse
  • Infection Control Practitioner (ICP)
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology Director
  • Injury Epidemiologist
  • Malariologist
  • Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist
  • Medical Epidemiologist
  • Microbiologist Public Health
  • Nurse Epidemiologist
  • Pharmacoepidemiologist
  • Public Health Epidemiologist
  • Research Epidemiologist
  • State Epidemiologist
  • Trauma Epidemiologist
  • Veterinary Epidemiologist


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Oversee public health programs, including statistical analysis, health care planning, surveillance systems, and public health improvement.
  • Investigate diseases or parasites to determine cause and risk factors, progress, life cycle, or mode of transmission.
  • Plan and direct studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.
  • Plan, administer and evaluate health safety standards and programs to improve public health, conferring with health department, industry personnel, physicians and others.
  • Provide expertise in the design, management and evaluation of study protocols and health status questionnaires, sample selection and analysis.
  • Conduct research to develop methodologies, instrumentation and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings.
  • Consult with and advise physicians, educators, researchers, government health officials and others regarding medical applications of sciences, such as physics, biology, and chemistry.
  • Supervise professional, technical and clerical personnel.
  • Identify and analyze public health issues related to foodborne parasitic diseases and their impact on public policies or scientific studies or surveys.
  • Teach principles of medicine and medical and laboratory procedures to physicians, residents, students, and technicians.
  • Standardize drug dosages, methods of immunization, and procedures for manufacture of drugs and medicinal compounds.
  • Prepare and analyze samples to study effects of drugs, gases, pesticides, or microorganisms on cell structure and tissue.
  • Monitor and report incidents of infectious diseases to local and state health agencies.
  • Communicate research findings on various types of diseases to health practitioners, policy makers, and the public.
  • Educate healthcare workers, patients, and the public about infectious and communicable diseases, including disease transmission and prevention.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC WONDER
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epi Info
  • Circle Systems Stat/Transfer
  • Cytel Egret
  • Data mining software
  • Disease Mapping and Analysis Program DMAP
  • Epicenter Software Epilog
  • EpiData Analysis
  • ESRI ArcGIS
  • ESRI ArcInfo
  • ESRI ArcView
  • Expert Health Data Programming Vitalnet
  • GeoDa
  • HiroSoft EPICURE
  • Meta-analysis with interactive explanations MIX
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH Life Table Analysis System
  • Pan American Health Organization SIGEpi
  • R
  • RTI International SUDAAN
  • SAS software
  • SaTScan
  • Signal detection software
  • SPSS software
  • StataCorp Stata
  • Structured query language SQL
  • TerraSeer ClusterSeer
  • Web browser software
  • World Health Organization HealthMapper


  • life physical and social science


    industry stats

    SOC: 19-0000

    Total Employed: 1,146,110

    Average Annual Salary: $71,220