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Epidemiologists

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Investigate and describe the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, or health outcomes. May develop the means for prevention and control.

    Work Activities
    • Oversee public health programs, including statistical analysis, health care planning, surveillance systems, and public health improvement.
    • Plan and direct studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.
    • Provide expertise in the design, management and evaluation of study protocols and health status questionnaires, sample selection, and analysis.
    • Monitor and report incidents of infectious diseases to local and state health agencies.
    • Investigate diseases or parasites to determine cause and risk factors, progress, life cycle, or mode of transmission.
    • Communicate research findings on various types of diseases to health practitioners, policy makers, and the public.
    • Plan, administer and evaluate health safety standards and programs to improve public health, conferring with health department, industry personnel, physicians, and others.
    • Educate healthcare workers, patients, and the public about infectious and communicable diseases, including disease transmission and prevention.
    • Conduct research to develop methodologies, instrumentation, and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings.
    • Identify and analyze public health issues related to foodborne parasitic diseases and their impact on public policies, scientific studies, or surveys.
    • Supervise professional, technical, and clerical personnel.
    • Standardize drug dosages, methods of immunization, and procedures for manufacture of drugs and medicinal compounds.
    • Teach principles of medicine and medical and laboratory procedures to physicians, residents, students, and technicians.
    • Consult with and advise physicians, educators, researchers, government health officials and others regarding medical applications of sciences, such as physics, biology, and chemistry.
    • Prepare and analyze samples to study effects of drugs, gases, pesticides, or microorganisms on cell structure and tissue.
    Skills
    • Science

      Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    Knowledge
    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $66,020/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $31.74/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 200
    • Yearly Projected Openings 20
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Persistence
    Tools
    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Desktop computers
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Office suite software
    • Map creation software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software