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Microbiologists

Also called: Microbiologist, Microbiological Analyst, Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Bacteriologist

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What they do:
Investigate the growth, structure, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi. Includes medical microbiologists who study the relationship between organisms and disease or the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.
On the job, you would:
  • Investigate the relationship between organisms and disease including the control of epidemics and the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.
  • Prepare technical reports and recommendations based upon research outcomes.
  • Supervise biological technologists and technicians and other scientists.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • biology
  • chemistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Health
  • medicine and dentistry

Skills

Basic Skills
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • group things in different ways
Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by writing
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Persistence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • BD Biosciences CellQuest
  • Protein Explorer
Medical software
  • Computer Service & Support CLS-2000 Laboratory System
  • Orchard Software Orchard Harvest LIS
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
post-doctoral training or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$67,840
per year, on average
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