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Medical scientists, except epidemiologists




Median annual earnings of wage and salary medical scientists, except epidemiologists, were $61,680 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent of these workers earned between $44,830 and $88,130. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $35,490, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $117,520. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of medical scientists were:

Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing $82,640
Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences 71,490
Offices of physicians 70,000
General medical and surgical hospitals 64,700
Colleges, universities, and professional schools 44,600

Median annual earnings of wage and salary epidemiologists were $56,670 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $45,220 and $71,080. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $36,920, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $87,300.

For information on pharmaceutical scientists, contact:

For information on careers in microbiology, contact:

  • American Society for Microbiology, Career Information ¯Education Department, 1752 N St. NW., Washington, DC 20036. Internet: http://www.asm.org

For information on infectious diseases training programs, contact:

  • Infectious Diseases Society of America, Guide to Training Programs, 66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 600, Alexandria, VA 22314. Internet: http://www.idsociety.org
Careers in Public Health
Check out Pfizer's Guide to Careers in Public Health--"Advancing Healthy Populations." This guide provides a practical resource for making the most of opportunities across a broad range of career choices, offering 33 information-packed chapters that feature practice experiences and thoughtful essays by leaders in many public health fields.

Public health careers offer something for everyone. Epidemiology and biostatistics involve mathematics and modeling. Environmental health includes a wide range of science skills. Health administration and community health sciences are careers which involve being with people. Health education is a teacher's field. Health policy includes a political componant.

 Perhaps never has there been a more exciting time to pursue a career in public health. Why? Because....

  • Most experts agree that major advances in improvement of health over the next decades will not come from new medical findings or cures, but rather the broader development and application of population-based prevention programs.

  • Health services delivery systems are undergoing rapid change. Greater emphasis is being placed on health promotion and disease prevention as a means to reduce the costs of care by improving the health of our populations. These changes have created a broad array of new opportunities for professionals with advanced training in public health.

  • As the public has become better informed about the effects of toxic wastes and pollutants on their health, greater emphasis is being placed on assuring the safety of our communities as well as worker health and safety. As a result, there is growing demand for experts in environmental health and industrial hygiene.

  • Public health research is focusing more on women's health, and child and substance abuse, and an increased emphasis is being placed on behavioral change to prevent the risk of STDs, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and unplanned pregnancies. Greater emphasis is also being placed on school health and the health of minority and disadvantaged populations.

The following are a few examples of employers and job titles in public health:

Data Management Director, State Health Dept.

Director of Clinical Trials, Industry/Corporate

Program Evaluation Analyst, Federal Government
Director of Infectious/Chronic Diseases, Local/State Health Dept.

Outcomes Researcher, Industry/Corporate

CDC Investigator, Federal Government
Health Services Administration
Hospital/Managed Care Administrator, Health Facilities

Program Evaluation & Planning, State Health Dept.

Information Systems Manager, Industry/Corporate

Health Services Research Analyst, University

Policy Analyst, Federal Government
Health Education/Behavioral Science
Consumer Information Director, Voluntary Health Agencies

Program Planning & Evaluation, Local Health Dept.

Health Promotion Specialist, Industry/Corporate
Environmental Health
Waste Management Specialist, Local Health Department/Environmental Agency

Pollution Control Program Director, State Health Department/Environmental Agency

Industrial Hygienist, Industry/Corporate

EPA Researcher/Administrator, Federal Government

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