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. Their duties require they isolate and make cultures of bacteria and other microorganisms in order to look at the growth of samples.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?:
- Isolate bacteria in order to look at growth of samples
- Conduct tests on food and water samples to detect harmful microorganisms
- Provide laboratory services to determine illness and treatment options
- Research trends in disease outbreaks to find methods to control spread
- Prepare reports and recommendations
- Observe microorganisms’ reaction to chemicals and other stimuli
- Monitor and identify microorganisms
- Develop new technologies and processes
- Assist in planning to prevent the spread of disease
- Plan and implement new clinical trials
- Oversee the work of laboratory staff
- Provide scientific advice and consultation
- Review product release data
Recommended High School Courses:
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 microbiologists often have to write reports based on their research findings.
Typically, a doctorate degree is required to become a microbiologist. Laboratory experience and field work is helpful. Some laboratory positions are obtainable with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology.