What does an Epidemiologist I 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.

  • 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
  • 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
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
4.0 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Epidemiologist I Salaries

Average Base Pay

$60,184 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $60K
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Epidemiologist I Career Path

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

“good work and life balance”

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

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

Epidemiologist III
Sep 2, 2021

“Improve overall pay and retention will be better.”

CDC FoundationCDC Foundation
Dec 2, 2020

“Job security as a contractor is not a guarantee”

Apr 27, 2021

“Pretty good pay for remote position”

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

“Pretty good work life balance”

McGill UniversityMcGill University
Jan 27, 2021

“Not clear career development path”

IP Associate
Jan 6, 2022

“Good work life balance”

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When working as an epidemiologist i, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Xml SQL, Programming Languages, Written Communication, Statistics SAS, and Acrobat Pro.

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The most common qualifications to become an epidemiologist i include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.