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Epidemiologists/Infectious Disease Physicians

Health Science

Work Environment

Epidemiologists/infectious disease physicians work in hospitals and clinics on land and aboard ships.

  • Military Status

    Officer

  • Average Military Salary

    $117,689

Overview

Epidemiologists/infectious disease physicians are on the front lines of global health, particularly in the wake of major disease outbreaks like Ebola in 2014, natural disasters like the Nepal earthquakes of 2015, HIV/AIDS, deliberate release of microorganisms, and antimicrobial resistance. Physicians who specialize in epidemiology and infectious disease study the causes, patterns, and effects of diseases in the Military community. They oversee laboratory tests to confirm infectious diseases and study modes of transmission. They recommend treatment protocols as well as initiatives for disease prevention and control.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Learn more about becoming officer, here. Job training for epidemiologists/infectious disease physicians primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Scholarships for advanced medical training are available in return for an obligated period of military service. Qualifying students benefit through unique training experiences and get to attend certain military short courses designed to develop tactical, technical and operational skills unique to the military environment. Like other officers working in healthcare, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, orientation to military structure, healthcare and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include:

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely
  • Desire to help others
  • Professionalism
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Curiosity
  • Decision-making and integration skills
  • Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail

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