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What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

An Epidemiologist collects information and investigates diseases, infections or other health problems that appear in a community. Analyzes data gathered from surveys, interviews, observations or samples, and reports findings. May direct studies of public health problems and advise on ways to prevent or treat problems or reduce risks.

Job Outlook

There were 220 Epidemiologist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 10701 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Epidemiologist industry, which includes the Epidemiologist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:


Many new Epidemiologist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.


The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $81,380.


The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $81,242.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Epidemiologist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $60,160.

Education and Experience

Posted Epidemiologist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree13.19%
Bachelor's Degree46.18%
Master's Degree34.43%
Doctoral Degree14.48%

Posted Epidemiologist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years46.17%
3 to 5 years46.25%
6 to 8 years5.04%
9+ years2.54%


Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Epidemiologist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (26.49%)
  • Leadership (26.41%)
  • Management (25.32%)
  • Research (22.59%)
  • Planning (19.73%)
  • Investigation (17.44%)
  • Writing (15.53%)
  • Coordinating (13.91%)
  • Presentations (12.14%)
  • Microsoft Excel (9.93%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Infection Control (56.85%)
  • Infectious Diseases (23.21%)
  • Public Health (35.48%)
  • Infection (35.57%)
  • Epidemiology (55.18%)
  • Outbreak Control (5.89%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • SAS (Software) (11.64%)
  • Stata (2.66%)
  • Disinfecting (7.88%)
  • Statistical Software (6%)
  • Statistical Analysis (8.11%)
  • Data Collection (12.26%)
  • Communicable Diseases (19.54%)
  • Data Analysis (15.11%)
  • Sterilization (7.37%)
  • Data Management (7.32%)
  • Disease Control (5.12%)
  • Health Sciences (4.18%)
  • Nursing (47.71%)
  • Long-Term Care (9.39%)
  • Microbiology (16.6%)
  • Patient Safety (7.39%)
  • R (Programming Language) (4.96%)
  • Performance Improvement (14.97%)
  • Health Risk Assessments (4.33%)
  • Biostatistics (10.71%)
  • Clinical Experience (7.28%)
  • Occupational Safety And Health (2.99%)
  • Risk Analysis (10.57%)
  • Project Management (5.79%)
  • Acute Care (5.51%)
  • Quality Improvement (8.78%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Epidemiological Method (1.6%)
  • Emerging Infectious Disease (EIDs) (1.19%)
  • Disease Surveillance (4.03%)
  • Epidemiological Investigations (6.28%)
  • Reportable Disease (3.41%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Infection Control (100%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Epidemiologist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Infection Preventionist
  • Nurse Epidemiologist
  • Infection Prevention Manager
  • Director of Infection Prevention
  • Infection Control Manager
  • Infection Control Preventionist
  • Infection Prevention Coordinator
  • Infection Control Coordinator
  • Infection Prevention Specialist

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Epidemiologist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • ProMedica (228)
  • Clinical Management Consultants (203)
  • Encompass Health (186)
  • Genesis HealthCare (161)
  • HCA Healthcare (100)
  • Johnson & Johnson (87)
  • PruittHealth (83)
  • Emory Healthcare (82)
  • Department Of State Health Services (76)
  • Eagle Care (73)

North Carolina

  • Encompass Health (38)
  • WakeMed (13)
  • PruittHealth (10)
  • Novant Health (9)
  • Duke University (8)
  • Atrium Health (7)
  • Clinical Management Consultants (7)
  • Cape Fear Valley Health System (6)
  • ProMedica (4)
  • North Carolina State University (4)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!