Job Roles

Explore Job Roles: Epidemiologists

Learn about the average salary, relevant studies, related questions, and common path after college to becoming an Epidemiologist.

What are Epidemiologists?

Epidemiologists search for causes, patterns, and people at risk when disease outbreaks occur.

Where does an Epidemiologist work?

  • Health departments
  • Colleges and universities
  • Hospitals

How much does an Epidemiologist make?

Based on real new grad salaries reported through Handshake, the median annual salary for an Epidemiologist is $61,000.

What majors are typically interested in becoming Epidemiologists?

One’s major doesn’t necessarily determine their career, but these are some common majors of those who end up pursuing this career path.

  • Public health majors
  • Biology majors
  • Anatomy majors

Epidemiologist skills and competencies:

On top of a relevant degree and formal training, here are some professional skills that can help aspiring Epidemiologists succeed in their work:

  • Strong communication skills–oral and written
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Strong background in math and statistics

What are some common questions about Epidemiologists?

Q: How long does it take to become an Epidemiologist?

A: 6-12 years, depending on the type of job in this field that you want to do!