Average Salary
Degree Requirements
Bachelor's Degree

No detail is too small for a microbiologist; they’re experts on microorganisms like bacteria, fungi and algae. But they don’t stop at the nitty gritty—they take their knowledge of these microscopic creatures to see the bigger picture. With this greater understanding, microbiologists can change the world.

Also known as: Bacteriologist, Microbiological Laboratory Technician, Microbiology Director, Microbiology Laboratory Manager, Quality Control Microbiologist
Learning Strategies
Personnel Management
Operations Analysis
Service Orientation
Social Perceptiveness
Systems Analysis
Systems Evaluation
Maintain microorganism cultures to control moisture, aeration, temperature and nutrition
Study growth, development and other characteristics with a microscope to understand their relationship to human, animal and plant health
Develop vitamins, antibiotics, amino acids, grain alcohol, sugars and polymers to impact health and fight disease
Provide lab services for health departments, community environmental health programs or physicians
Develop new products and procedures for sterilization, food and pharmaceutical supply preservation
Test water, food and the environment to detect harmful microorganisms
Prepare technical reports and recommendations based on research outcomes

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