Epidemiologists are public health workers who investigate patterns and causes of disease and injury.Work Environment
Epidemiologists work in offices and laboratories, usually at health departments for state and local governments, in hospitals, and at colleges and universities.How to Become an Epidemiologist
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.Pay
The median annual wage for epidemiologists was $74,560 in May 2020.Job Outlook
Employment of epidemiologists is projected to grow 30 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 900 openings for epidemiologists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.State & Area Data
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