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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Starting Salaries

Avg. 

655000

Min. 

194000

Max. 

1000000

What you need to get started

  • Pre-entry work experience in a hospital, pharmaceutical company, or in a statistics-related role is useful 

  • Awareness of health safety standards and programs to improve public health, conferring with the health department, industry personnel, physicians, and others is a must.


Employment Outlook

  • Self-employment and freelance opportunities 

  • Work is generally office-based, you may need to travel to attend or present at international conferences.

  • Fieldwork in epidemic locations requires periods of overseas living, sometimes in unpleasant and infectious settings.

Educational Qualifications

  • B.Sc in Epidemiology 

  • B.Sc or Bachelor of Public Health degree

  • M.Sc or Master in Public Health/Epidemiology degree

  • Ph.D. in Epidemiology

Soft Skills

  • Passionate about disease prevention

  • Logical reasoning

  • Determination

  • Analytical and critical thinking

  • Patience

  • Mathematics reasoning

  • Leadership skills 

  • Ability to work under stressful conditions

  • Tactful

Technical Skills

  • Aptitude for Statistical Analysis

  • Data Analytics 

  • Maths 

  • Biology

  • Medicine

  • Computer proficiency

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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)

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