Epidemiologists

An Epidemiologist investigates the causes of disease and other public health problems to prevent them from spreading or from recurring. They report their findings to public policy officials and the general public.

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KEY SKILLS

  • Passionate about disease prevention

  • Aptitude for Statistical Analysis

  • Data Analyics 

  • Comfortable with lab work

  • Tactful

PROS

  • Help protect communities and individuals from diseases through data analysis

  • Good job security

  • Work you do can have a nation-wide or even global impact

CONS

  • Slow employment growth rate compared to other jobs

  • Long working hours

  • Requires extensive knowledge and skills

  • Highly competitve

  • Lack of research funding

  • Can contract diseases if performing field work (very rare)

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Research

  • Academia

  • Public Health/Government Agencies

  • International Health Organisations (WHO)

  • A team player, work well in group settings

  • Aptitude for Statistical Analysis

  • Passionate about research

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Interesting Facts about the career

  • The father of field epidemiology: The father of field epidemiology was an anesthetist from the 1850s known as John Snow. He studied the cholera epidemic in London by mapping out where cholera patients worked and lived. Techniques used by him are now considered to be foundational principles in the area of epidemiology.

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