Epidemiologists work in the field of public health and specialize in disease analysis and control. Unlike general practitioners, these doctors spend most of the time in labs, not with patients. They identify and monitor diseases from the well-known to the strange for new strains. They catalog symptoms and characteristics so they can be noted and treated when they appear in patients. There’s a great deal of forensic work for these types of doctors. Epidemiologists are humanitarians and healers that work to create a safer world for others. Epidemiologists must be analytical, detail-oriented, and critical-thinkers. They must also have strong written and verbal communication skills, mathematical and science ability, as well as organizational skills. Epidemiologists responsibilities include conducting research and studying disease outbreaks, performing laboratory tests, and assisting in emergency outbreaks. They also use computer programs to compile research information and test results, design and implement health policies, as well as educating and advising with policy makers. Additionally, they must keep up to date with current trends and technological advances, as well as reporting findings in meetings and presentations. Epidemiologists must have at least a masters degree in epidemiology in order to secure a job. Job growth for epidemiologists is projected at 5% for the decade ending in 2028.