Microbiologist | Selby College
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Microbiologists study micro-organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi and algae.

Potential salary

£31,365 to £104,927

Employment by 2024


Working hours

38 to 40 a week

  • knowledge of biology
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • maths knowledge
  • science skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As part of your day-to-day duties, you might:

  • monitor, identify and help to control infectious diseases
  • use molecular biology techniques to develop and test new medicines and treatments
  • investigate how microorganisms produce antibodies, vaccines, hormones and other biotechnology products
  • assess the use of microbes in food production, crop protection and soil fertility
  • monitor the quality and safety of manufactured food and medical products
  • use microorganisms to control pollution and dispose of waste safely

You might also:

  • present research findings
  • supervise the work of support staff
  • carry out administrative tasks

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work at a university or in a laboratory.

You could move into lab management, research or teaching.

In the NHS you could progress to specialist, team manager and consultant.

You could also offer consultancy services in areas like pharmaceutical sales, publishing and law.

You can get more advice about working in microbiology from the Microbiology Society and Health Careers.

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