EPIDEMIOLOGISTS are medical scientists who investigate and decide the determinants of disease, disability, and other outcomes, and develop the means for prevention and control. Research epidemiologists conduct basic and advanced research on infectious diseases that effect the whole body, such as AIDS or typhus, and attempt to eradicate or control these diseases. Clinical epidemiologists work primarily in consulting roles at hospitals, informing the medical staff of infectious outbreaks and providing containment solutions…many are often physicians. Clinical epidemiologists may also develop standards and guidelines for the treatment and control of communicable diseases.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $83,500 average per year ($40.25 per hour)
- A small occupation (4,700 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.5% per year)
The minimum education requirement for EPIDEMIOLOGISTS is a master's degree from a school of public health. Some jobs require a Ph.D. or medical degree, depending upon the work performed. Those who work in hospitals or healthcare centers often must have a medical degree with specific training in infectious diseases. Some research epidemiologists are required to be licensed physicians, as they administer drugs in clinical trials.