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To be a successful Epidemiologist you should…

  • have ability and a strong interest in science
  • have the ability to follow a problem to conclusion
  • have the ability to work with a variety of people
  • have the ability to work with governmental regulations
  • have the ability to think logically
  • have the ability to speak and write effectively
  • have the ability to exercise patience, flexibility, and a willingness to work in different locations under a variety of conditions

What will my job be like?

Epidemiologists are scientists who first identify a disease in a population and then track it as it moves through the population. Epidemiologists research the cause and frequency of a disease by using statistics and demographics (i.e., ethnicity, race, and age) to prevent or control the spread of new diseases.

Epidemiologists may specialize in:

  • Clinical Health Industry (Clinical Epidemiology)
  • Infectious Diseases (e.g., HIV, Tuberculosis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
  • Chronic Diseases (e.g., Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes)
  • Occupational/Environmental Diseases
  • School Health

Where could I work?

  • Colleges/Universities
  • State and Local Health Departments
  • Federal or Government Health Agencies
  • Research Institutions
  • Large Medical Corporations

What is the average annual salary?


What is the future of this career?

Employment of epidemiologists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Epidemiologists are likely to have good job prospects overall.

What type of education and/or training do I need?

Epidemiologists receive their education through programs at colleges or universities. A 4-year bachelor’s degree can be obtained. A master’s degree or doctoral degree (PhD) is often required.

Where can I get the education and/or training?

  • Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs
  • Yale School of Public Health, New Haven

Do I need a license or certification for this career?

Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.

Where can I get more information?

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
1400 Crystal Drive
Suite 900
Arlington, VA  22202

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
1900 M Street NW, Suite 710
Washington, DC    20036