7.5/10 job score
risk level
by 2030
or $35.84 hourly
as of 2020

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 7% (Totally Safe)

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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Epidemiologists' job openings is expected to rise 29.6% by 2030
'Epidemiologists' is expected to be a very fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

What are the median wages for 'Epidemiologists' in the United States?

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Epidemiologists' was $74,560, or $35.84 hourly
'Epidemiologists' are paid 77.7% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as epidemiologists?

As of 2020 there were 7,500 people employed as Epidemiologists within the United States.
This represents around 0.005% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 18 thousand people are employed as Epidemiologists.

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: 19-1041.00

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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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