Will "Epidemiologists" be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is a small chance this occupation will be replaced by robots/AI. This is further validated by our poll, which suggests a 35% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

No worries

or 20% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

People Employed


as of 2019

Median Annual Wage


or $34.13 hourly

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How this compares with other jobs: 209 out of 707

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Job description

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

SOC Code: 19-1041

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BCMJ (Small chance) says
The tools will continue to be automated, but until AI can develop their own tools, interpret them, and then appropriately convey them to stakeholders and the public - this is a long shot.
Jul 25, 2020 at 02:54 AM
Miche (No chance) says
People seem to think that epi is just data crunching, but it's fairly nuanced and has to evolve with current information. Case definitions, contact tracing, and designing studies are all things that currently have no automation whatsoever. Biostats is important, but the more subjective parts of epidemiology are both the hardest and most impactful parts of the profession.
May 12, 2020 at 03:34 AM
Tino (Small chance) says
There are some job functions that could be easily automated like community mapping and analysis of disease and outbreak patterns as well as many of the statistical models that are used, especially considering that a number of the models are already done by computer software (SAS).

However, data interpretation and human impact those require more organic minds that process emotion a little bit better.

I will say that AI will augment many of the functions of the job and make us better able to contain and even prevent epidemics and that is ultimately what we exist to do.

There are however many roles within this profession that are not so easily automated because again they have to do with human care and concern.
Feb 08, 2020 at 10:33 PM

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