Employment of epidemiologists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Job prospects for epidemiologists are promising because there will always be a need to understand, control, and prevent the spread of disease. There is particular promise in the growing field of environmental epidemiology. The DOL reports that "new legislation that will improve medical record-keeping is expected to create more opportunities for epidemiologists to track infection and demographic data."  

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