Epidemiology

What is an epidemiologist?

Epidemiologists examine the causes of diseases to prevent them from transmitting and recurring.

What is the salary and benefits?

Epidemiologists rank in the top tier of best-paid healthcare workers in a comfortable $64,220 in 2011, although the highest-paid epidemiologists cross the $100,000-mark, earning a whopping $100,020.


Full Federal benefits including salary, leave, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401k equivalent) will be provided.


Required education

You need at least a master's degree from an accredited postsecondary institution in public health, while some do earn Ph.Ds

Working Conditions

Epidemiologists usually work in clean well lit offices or laboratories. Field work or emergencies may require work at night, on weekends or on holidays. It is considered low risk although you may work with dangerous chemicals and pathogens.

Pros/Cons

Pros

Good for those who like to help others

Enjoyable for those who enjoy numbers for statistical analysis

You will be solving serious problems

Cons

Elements of danger due to infectious disease

You need rigorous training

Uncomfortable situations for the squeamish




Promotion oppritunities

Competition for research jobs, which are the highest-paying, are very fierce. However, those who only have a master’s degree can enter the field and become specialized with additional fieldwork and education, which can let you be advanced.