|Quick Facts: Epidemiologists|
$74,560 per year
$35.84 per hour
|5% (Faster than average)|
Epidemiologists are public health workers who investigate patterns and causes of disease and injury.
Epidemiologists work in offices and laboratories, usually at health departments for state and local governments, in hospitals, and at colleges and universities.
Epidemiologists typically need at least a master’s degree to enter the occupation. Most epidemiologists have a master’s degree in public health (MPH) or a related field, and some have completed a doctoral degree in epidemiology or medicine.
The median annual wage for epidemiologists was $74,560 in May 2020.
Employment of epidemiologists is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for epidemiologists in hospitals is expected to increase in those that have strengthened infection-control programs.
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