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


  • Applied epidemiologists, who usually work for State health agencies, respond to disease outbreaks, determining their causes and helping to contain them.
  • Research epidemiologists study diseases in laboratories and in the field to determine how to prevent future outbreaks.
  • Most applied epidemiologists are required to have a master's degree from a school of public health. Some research epidemiologists may need a Ph.D. or medical degree, depending on the work they perform.
  • Faster than average employment growth is projected for epidemiologists. A heightened awareness of bioterrorism and rare but infectious diseases, such as West Nile Virus or Avian flu, should spur demand for these workers.


Personality I'm a problem solver
Salary $64,220/yr ($32.11/hr)
Job Outlook Below Average
Education Masters