|Quick Facts: Epidemiologists|
$78,830 per year
$37.90 per hour
|26% (Much 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. They may 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 $78,830 in May 2021.
Employment of epidemiologists is projected to grow 26 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 800 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.
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