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Epidemiologist

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€24k > 36
Epidemiologist
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€24 - 36
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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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At a Glance... header image

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.


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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.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Monitor and report incidents of infectious diseases to local and state health agencies.

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Plan and direct studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.

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Communicate research findings on various types of diseases to health practitioners, policy makers, and the public.

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Provide expertise in the design, management and evaluation of study protocols and health status questionnaires, sample selection and analysis.

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Oversee public health programs, including statistical analysis, health care planning, surveillance systems, and public health improvement.

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Investigate diseases or parasites to determine cause and risk factors, progress, life cycle, or mode of transmission.

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Educate healthcare workers, patients, and the public about infectious and communicable diseases, including disease transmission and prevention.

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Conduct research to develop methodologies, instrumentation and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings.

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Identify and analyze public health issues related to foodborne parasitic diseases and their impact on public policies or scientific studies or surveys.

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Supervise professional, technical and clerical personnel.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Analyzing Data or Information: Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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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.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others: Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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

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

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Biology: Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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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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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Science: Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

  • 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 Routesheader image

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


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Organisation: Irish Medical Organisation
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Organisation: Irish Research Council
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Organisation: Irish Medical Council
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