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|
|Job Outlook||Below Average|