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Salary Range
€24k - €36k
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In Brief...

Investigates and describes the causes and potential spread of disease, disability, or health outcomes. They may also engage in developing the means for prevention and control of infections.

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.
  • Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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.
  • Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

In Summary - Epidemiologist

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The Work - Epidemiologist

Epidemiologists strive to identify what the disease is, who has it and what sort of environment it thrives in.

The goal of an epidemiologist is ultimately to reduce public health risks by studying disease patterns. They may work on halting deadly disease epidemics or trying to find cures for diseases such as diabetes or Parkinson’s disease.

There is extensive laboratory work and research involved in the responsibilities of an epidemiologist. Work will involve making predictions about the likelihood of disease occurrence and developing prevention strategies.

A significant amount of work carried out by epidemiologists is concerned with the interpretation of data so excellent maths skills and a good grasp of statistics are essential.

Epidemiologists are generally employed by hospitals, medical clinics and universities.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Monitor and report incidents of infectious diseases to local and state health agencies.
  • Plan and direct studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.
  • Communicate research findings on various types of diseases to health practitioners, policy makers, and the public.
  • Provide expertise in the design, management and evaluation of study protocols and health status questionnaires, sample selection and analysis.
  • Oversee public health programs, including statistical analysis, health care planning, surveillance systems, and public health improvement.
  • Investigate diseases or parasites to determine cause and risk factors, progress, life cycle, or mode of transmission.
  • 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 or scientific studies or surveys.
  • Supervise professional, technical and clerical personnel.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

Interests - Epidemiologist

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Investigative

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Social

The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

Qualities

  • Epidemiologists must possess the ability to work independently or as part of a group
  • Meticulous analytical skills are an essential for the lab analysis component of an epidemiologists work
  • Epidemiologists must have excellent communication abilities for writing reports and also communicating findings with team members
  • Epidemiologists should have a desire to help people and a determination to find the causes of deadly diseases

Entry Requirements - Epidemiologist

Epidemiologists typically have a degree in Medicine which is 5/6 year course offered through 5 Irish universities (RCSI; NUIG; TCD; UCC;UCD).

Work on site in a hospital clinic or research centre will also be required.

Epidemiologists may also enter this field from a background in Biomedical Science and Research.

Students wishing to advance to a high level research position will be required to obtain a Ph.D. with a focus on an epidemiology speciality.

Epidemiologists are generally employed by hospitals, medical clinics and universities.

Last Updated: October, 2014

Pay & Salary - Epidemiologist

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €24k - €36k

Data Source(s):
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

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