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Contact Tracers

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Some people work as contact tracers during or right after college in order to gain experience in public health before moving on to careers in nursing, epidemiology, medicine, or other fields. Other contact tracers choose to stay in the field. In this instance, a contact tracer with considerable experience and knowledge can become a case investigator, who manages a staff of contact tracers, tracks the teams’ progress toward target goals, and serves as the unit’s point of contact with higher-level management. Other tracers complete additional education to become epidemiologists, who study the cause, spread, and control of diseases and injuries that affect groups of people or communities. 

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