Microbiologists study microorganisms that are found in various environments. They examine bacteria, fungi viruses and other parasites to see how they grow and interact with the environment in which they are located.
What responsibilities will I have?
What education and training is required?
Typically a doctorate degree is required to become a microbiologist. Laboratory experience and field work is very helpful. Some laboratory positions are obtainable with bachelors degree in microbiology.
To pursue a career as an microbiologist
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, a focus on sciences such as animal science, chemistry and biology, physics and mathematics. Writing classes would also be helpful as microbiologist often have to write reports based on their research findings.
Where can I work?
Microbiologist may work at a university, research firms, government agencies, pharmaceutical or animal health companies. You may work independently or as part of a team.
Future Job Market/Outlook
The job outlook for microbiologists will be great over the next five years.
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