Epidemiologist: Plans, directs, and coordinates studies concerned with incidence of disease and effects of genetics, environment, lifestyle, chemicals, and other factors on health. Collects and analyzes such information as the race, gender and age of the people with the disease; their... [+] More
Epidemiologist: Plans, directs, and coordinates studies concerned with incidence of disease and effects of genetics, environment, lifestyle, chemicals, and other factors on health. Collects and analyzes such information as the race, gender and age of the people with the disease; their shared biological characteristics, such as a family history of the disease or common blood types; shared personal habits, such as tobacco and drug use and diet and exercise patterns; and social and economic factors. Analyzes data collected to determine probable effects on disease and mortality rates, using valid statistical techniques and knowledge of epidemiology.
Plans methods of conducting epidemiological studies, and provides detailed specifications for collecting data to personnel participating in studies. Selects occupational groups for study and to arrange for collection of data concerning work history of individuals and disease concentration and mortality rates among groups. Studies many different diseases that may include outbreaks of diseases. Conducts studies to find risk factors for diseases such as something in a person's lifestyle that makes it more likely that a disease will develop. Develops codes to facilitate computer input of demographic and epidemiological data for use by data processing personnel engaged in programming epidemiological statistics. Compares statistics on causes of death among members of selected working populations with those among general population, using life-table analyses. Presents data in designated statistical format to illustrate common patterns among workers in selected occupations. Initiates and maintains contacts with statistical and data processing managers in other agencies to maintain access to epidemiological source materials. Evaluates materials from all sources for addition to or amendment of epidemiological data bank. May conduct studies to find viruses or bacteria. May plan and direct activities of clerical and statistical personnel engaged in tabulation and analysis of epidemiological information to ensure accomplishment of objectives. (Source: eDOT Job Description) [-] Less
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