FIELDS OF EDUCATION,
CAREER OPTIONS AND PROSPECTUS
CAREER IN MICROBIOLOGY
Microbiology : Career Options & Prospects
The career opportunities to choose from as a microbiologist will depend on the
level of education and training you receive. The following is a partial list
of descriptions of some of the many career options available to
Bacteriologists : Work in the field of bacteriology and study bacteria.
Environmental Microbiologists : Work in the field of environmental science and
study microbial processes in the environment.
Food Microbiologists : Work in the food industry and study microorganisms that
cause foodborne illness and spoilage.
Industrial Microbiologists : Generally work in field of biotechnology and study
microorganisms that produce useful products.
Medical Microbiologists : Medical practitioners (doctors) who have chosen to specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of microbial diseases in patients.
Mycologists : work in the field of mycology and study fungi.
Protozoologists : work in the field of protozoology and study protists.
Biochemist : Discover and teach us how organisms obtain energy, consume
nutrients and reproduce.
Biotechnologist : Manipulate genes in order to modify microorganisms. Their
work produced novel organisms that make new products for human use. (i.e.
insulin, medicine, grocery store items).
Cell Biologists : Explore the actions of molecules on and in the cell. Their
investigations determine how microorganisms and cell function.
Geneticists : The language of life is written with four letters, A, C, G, and
T. Each letter taken by itself is meaningless. But together the letter create
a code of life. Geneticists study the process by which organisms inherit and
transmit genetic information.
Immunologists : Investigate the body's defense against disease. to answer basic
questions about bacterial growth, metabolism, diversity and evolution.
Parasitologists : Investigate the complex life cycles of and adaptations made
by organisms which depend on other organisms for survival.
Science Writer : Write articles for the general public as well as for
microbiology professionals. They must have a thorough understanding of
language, grammar and science.
Teachers : Educate students about the usefulness and uniqueness of
Virologists : Study viruses and bacteriophages. Virologists are interested in
how viruses change and are always on the alert for new types.
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