What does an Epidemiologist do?

An epidemiologist is responsible for ensuring that there are no outbreaks of any disease. They are responsible for planning to contain the spread of a serious infectious disease. A few of the main duties of an epidemiologist are collecting data for tests, developing a plan of action, communicating their findings to policy makers, and investigating diseases. They also have to create reports about the potential spread of certain diseases. Some of the jobs titles that an epidemiologist could grow into are politician and chief scientific officer.

An epidemiologist should have two years of training as well as a Master's degree in public health. One of the most important skills that an epidemiologist will have is critical thinking. Another skill is problem solving as the epidemiologist will need to be able to solve a potential public health crisis. They also need to be able to effectively communicate with policy makers on potential threats.

What responsibilities are common for Epidemiologist jobs?
  • Analyze data and find conclusions
  • Create a plan of action for potential health crises
  • Create reports detailing potential threats
  • Give presentations to policy makers
  • Communicate with policy makers on public health
  • Manage multiple projects at once
  • Create public health programs and manage them
  • Develop studies to gain more information
What are the typical qualifications for Epidemiologist jobs?
  • Two years of training
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Ability to problem solve complex issues
  • Deep knowledge of public health policy
  • Detail oriented to ensure nothing is missed
  • Ability to design public health studies
  • Great math and statistic skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects at once
  • Ability to effectively communicate issues
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Work/Life Balance
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Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does an Epidemiologist make?

Confident
$101,035 /yr
Total Pay
$79,259
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$21,776
 /yr

Additional Pay

$101,035

 / yr
$53K$345K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Epidemiologist Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
35%
2 - 4
60%
5 - 7
1%
8+
4%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Epidemiologist Insights

Read what Epidemiologist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
KnowesisKnowesis
Epidemiologist/Biostatistican
May 3, 2022

“Everyone is super personable and great to work with.”

RTI InternationalRTI International
Research Public Health Analyst II
Feb 18, 2021

“good work and life balance”

Institute for Clinical Evaluative SciencesInstitute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
Epidemiologist
Mar 30, 2022

“Emphasis on career development and growth”

Arizona Department of Health ServicesArizona Department of Health Services
Epidemiologist
May 13, 2020

“Your experience can be great or awful depending on your supervisor.”

VDHVDH
Epidemiologist III
Sep 2, 2021

“Improve overall pay and retention will be better.”

CDC FoundationCDC Foundation
Epidemiologist
Dec 2, 2020

“Job security as a contractor is not a guarantee”

African Field Epidemiology Network
Senior Epidemiologist
Apr 4, 2022

“Relatively good pay compared to competition”

Infection Prevention and Management AssociatesInfection Prevention and Management Associates
Infection Preventionist
Nov 29, 2020

“Pretty good work life balance”

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Epidemiologist Interviews

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The most similar professions to Epidemiologist are:
  • Research Fellow
  • Research Coordinator
  • Researcher
  • Student Researcher

Related Careers

Research Fellow
$65,984
No skills overlap
Research Coordinator
$97,320
No skills overlap
Researcher
$85,424
No skills overlap
Student Researcher
$56,785

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