Epidemiology is one of the most important aspects of public health and the health field in general. It’s one of the key cornerstones of the public health field and during the process of earning a public health degree many students choose to pursue a specialization in the field. There’s a good reason for that. The demand for epidemiologists is expected to increase by 24 percent over the next decade, well above the national average. Add to that the fact that the current median pay for an epidemiologist is currently more than sixty three thousand dollars annually and the allure of this position becomes clear.
There are more jobs and opportunities in the epidemiology field than can be listed here, but it’s easy to highlight some of the best ones. If you’ve earned your mph degree in epidemiology and are looking for opportunities or careers, there are plenty to choose from. Here are ten of the best.
- Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program, CDC – This program from the Center for Disease Control focuses on helping those with degrees in the field find employment around the nation. Those who complete the program and find employment will be able to work in numerous areas helping to improve the health of women, children, and families. Working with Native American tribes, health agencies, and other groups is part of the program’s overall goal.
- Epidemiologist, American Cancer Society – The American Cancer Society is seeking experienced epidemiologists to assume roles in the field and provide their skills towards the eradication of different types of cancer.
- Manager of Clinical Epidemiology – At the moment Vertex Pharmaceuticals and several other pharmaceutical companies are hiring epidemiologists. The reason is simple – they help work towards the development of the latest medications for numerous diseases. These jobs pay great and have many benefits.
- Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, UNC – The UNC Gillings School of Global Health is just one example of numerous colleges around the nation that needs epidemiologists to serve as professors.
- Clinical Epidemiologist, Barnes-Jewish Hospital – Many nonprofit health care facilities hire epidemiologists to work on their staff.
- Chair, Epidemiology – Wake Forest Baptist Health/School of Medicine is only one example of the many schools and medical centers that hire not only professors but chairs of entire departments. Assuming this role is a great honor and very rewarding.
- Director of Disease Control – The Florida Department of Health and other state and federal organizations often need disease control experts, and a degree in epidemiology prepares students for entering that field.
- Nurse Epidemiologist – While at the moment the LIJ health System in New York is hiring this position, it’s a frequently needed job and one that is excellent for those with these degrees.
- Community Health Epidemiologists – Chevron in Houston Texas is currently hiring epidemiologists, but numerous private companies find themselves in need of the skills of an epidemiologist for a number of reasons.
- Non-Medical Epidemiologist – The Washington State Department of Health and numerous other departments of health around the country need epidemiologists in a non-medical role to help with data process, policy design, and more.
While many of these positions list specific locations, it’s important to note that epidemiologists are needed by private and public organizations on an almost constant basis. It’s easy to find a career in this field.