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.
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.
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.
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
Passionate about disease prevention
Analytical and critical thinking
Ability to work under stressful conditions
Aptitude for Statistical Analysis
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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
Slow employment growth rate compared to other jobs
Long working hours
Requires extensive knowledge and skills
Lack of research funding
Can contract diseases if performing field work (very rare)