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Microbiologists make major scientific discoveries based on the smallest of microbes, giving new light to the saying “big things come in small packages.” Microbiologists investigate the structure, growth and development of microorganisms such as bacteria and algae.
A microbiology career appeals to people interested in microorganisms, intensive laboratory work, mathematics and biology.
Microbiologist careers involve different types of intricate research and laboratory study such as developing new drugs to fight major infectious diseases, monitoring the effects microorganisms have on the environment, organizing microorganisms and bacterial cultures for different studies, as well as pinpointing and classifying microorganisms found in humans, water and other sources.
Microbiologist careers involve reviewing current scientific journals and attending conferences as well as presenting research findings to colleagues and other scientists.
Technological and laboratory equipment also play a major role in a microbiology career. Microbiologists use different types of equipment and specialized software to collect and research microorganisms from powerful electron microscopes to electrophoresis units.
Microbiologists work with other scientific teams such as technicians, biochemists and other scientists.