CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Epidemiologists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Epidemiologists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Investigate and describe the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, or health outcomes. May develop the means for prevention and control. 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.
 
Plan and direct studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.
 
Plan, administer and evaluate health safety standards and programs to improve public health, conferring with health department, industry personnel, physicians and others.
 
Provide expertise in the design, management and evaluation of study protocols and health status questionnaires, sample selection and analysis.
 
Conduct research to develop methodologies, instrumentation and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings.
 
Consult with and advise physicians, educators, researchers, government health officials and others regarding medical applications of sciences, such as physics, biology, and chemistry.
 
Supervise professional, technical and clerical personnel.
 
Identify and analyze public health issues related to foodborne parasitic diseases and their impact on public policies or scientific studies or surveys.
 
Teach principles of medicine and medical and laboratory procedures to physicians, residents, students, and technicians.
 
Standardize drug dosages, methods of immunization, and procedures for manufacture of drugs and medicinal compounds.
 
Prepare and analyze samples to study effects of drugs, gases, pesticides, or microorganisms on cell structure and tissue.
 
Monitor and report incidents of infectious diseases to local and state health agencies.
 
Communicate research findings on various types of diseases to health practitioners, policy makers, and the public.
 
Educate healthcare workers, patients, and the public about infectious and communicable diseases, including disease transmission and prevention.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Epidemiologists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
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.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Epidemiologists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
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.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Epidemiologists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Epidemiologists
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC WONDER Data base user interface and query software
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epi Info Analytical or scientific software
 
Circle Systems Stat/Transfer Analytical or scientific software
 
Cytel Egret Analytical or scientific software
 
Data mining software Data mining software
 
Disease Mapping and Analysis Program DMAP Analytical or scientific software
 
ESRI ArcInfo Map creation software
 
ESRI ArcView Map creation software
 
EpiData Analysis Analytical or scientific software
 
Epicenter Software Epilog Analytical or scientific software
 
Expert Health Data Programming Vitalnet Analytical or scientific software
 
GeoDa Analytical or scientific software
 
HiroSoft EPICURE Analytical or scientific software
 
Meta-analysis with interactive explanations MIX Analytical or scientific software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH Life Table Analysis System Analytical or scientific software
 
Pan American Health Organization SIGEpi Analytical or scientific software
 
RTI International SUDAAN Analytical or scientific software
 
SAS software Analytical or scientific software
 
SPSS software Analytical or scientific software
 
SaTScan Analytical or scientific software
 
Signal detection software Analytical or scientific software
 
StataCorp Stata Analytical or scientific software
 
Structured query language SQL Data base user interface and query software
 
TerraSeer ClusterSeer Analytical or scientific software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
World Health Organization HealthMapper Analytical or scientific software
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Epidemiologists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Epidemiologists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Chronic Disease Epidemiologist
Clinical Epidemiologist
Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Clinical Researcher
Communicable Disease Specialist
Environmental Epidemiologist
Epidemiologist
Epidemiologist Advanced
Epidemiology Investigator
Epidemiology Professor
Histopathologist
Infection Control Nurse
Infection Control Practitioner (ICP)
Infectious Disease Epidemiology Director
Injury Epidemiologist
Malariologist
Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist
Medical Epidemiologist
Microbiologist Public Health
Nurse Epidemiologist
Pharmacoepidemiologist
Public Health Epidemiologist
Research Epidemiologist
State Epidemiologist
Trauma Epidemiologist
Veterinary Epidemiologist
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Epidemiologists
 
 
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