Microbiologist Job Description



Microbiology is the study of organisms in relation to infections. A Microbiologist studies organisms like viruses, fungi, bacteria, algae etc that cause various diseases and common infections and ailments, such as common cold, viral infections, malaria etc. A microbiologist job description gives a brief idea of the roles and duties of a microbiologist. Microbiology is inter-related with other subjects like biochemistry, biotechnology, molecular biology and immunology. Microbiologists help in developing tests to diagnose various infections and diseases through their research. Their research also helps in controlling and preventing infections. Microbiologists study the effect of organisms on us and how they can be exploited.

Roles and responsibilities:

- Study microorganisms, observe and identify them

- Observing microorganisms in different environments

- Test samples using various techniques

- Develop new methods and techniques

- Develop new pharmaceutical products, vaccines, tests

- Register new medicines and vaccines

- Planning and evaluating new clinical trials

- Research and development of products like enzymes, hormones and vitamins

- Developing microbial cultures for food industry and agriculture

- Supervision of experiments in laboratories

Key Skills required:

- Deep interest in biological and medical sciences

- Excellent observational skills

- Good questioning and logical thinking

- Problem solving and trouble shooting

- Attention to detail and accuracy

- Good communication

- Adept in operating laboratory equipment

Employers:  Microbiologists work in a wide range of industries including research and development, pharmaceuticals, universities, manufacturers of food and beverage agriculture, environment and waste management sector. The salary of a microbiologist will largely depend on the size of the company, the chosen industry, experience and education.

 Career prospects:  A junior microbiologist may start his career as a practitioner and move on to other senior positions like specialist and team manager. Senior Microbiologists have more supervisory roles and staff management responsibilities. Higher educational qualifications are essential for progression in this career. Some companies offer ongoing training that will be useful for progression within the company. In the recent years a number of infections and diseases that were previously unheard of are emerging. The reasons for this could be various including increase in travel activities among countries. With increase in such occurrences, the importance of the role of a microbiologist is becoming more evident and necessary. Governments as well as private companies are willing to spend more on research which is creating more jobs in this field. 

Qualifications required:  An undergraduate degree in sciences such as biology, microbiology, molecular biology, biomedical sciences and microbial studies is essential to get an entry level job as a microbiologist. To get into senior level positions you must have completed post-graduation i.e Master of sciences with specialisation in one of the above subjects or a PhD in one of these subjects.

A microbiologist plays an important role in the field of health and environment sciences. It is a field where there is constant research and innovations happening. The microbiologist job description will depend on the industry and the level of seniority.


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