Microbiologist Career Guide
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Are you someone who is patient, decisive and independent? Do you have excellent IT, numerical and analytical skills and enjoy working in a team? Then look no further, as a career as a microbiologist might just be the one for you!
Microbiologists are scientists who undertake laboratory analysis and monitoring of microbial cultures, samples and new drugs. They use a wide range of analytical and scientific techniques to monitor and study microbes. Microbiologists can work in a range of areas, such as healthcare and agriculture and they are typically employed by The Food Standards Agency, water and waste management companies, public and private sector organizations, government agencies and hospitals.
Like all careers, typical responsibilities of a microbiologist will vary depending on who you work for and what area they work in. However, the responsibilities of a microbiologists will often include planning and carrying out trials, tracking environmental microorganism development, developing new pharmaceutical products, recoding, analysing and interpreting data and writing research papers, reports and reviews.
To become a microbiologist, you will first need to earn a bachelor?s degree in microbiology, or a closely related field. Internships and certifications are not required to become a microbiologist, however, getting an internship and then becoming certified by The American College of Microbiology will make you stand out from other microbiologists and enhance your career opportunities. If you want to conduct independent research or work for universities, you will be required to obtain a Ph.D in Microbiology.
As well as the educational commitment, a career in microbiology can be quite hard to get into as extensive knowledge, skills and experience makes candidates stand out. Microbiologist can also work long hours, especially if they work in hospital settings. However, a career as a microbiologist allows for a lot of recognition and advancement in a prestigious career. Due to microbiology being a prestigious career that requires education, most microbiologists can also expect a very high salary. Sounds good, hey?
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