Career outlook for microbiologist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would study micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and algae. Your work could be used to prevent diseases, make new medicines or grow more food.
You could work in a variety of different areas.
If you work in healthcare as a clinical microbiologist you would identify pathogens – which produce diseases – and work out how to protect communities from the spread of infection.
Or you could do research and development in different areas, including:
Depending on the industry you would:
- Monitor, identify and help to control infectious diseases
- Use molecular biology techniques to develop and test new medicines and treatments for disease
- Investigate the potential of micro-organisms to produce antibodies, vaccines, hormones and other biotechnology products
- Assess the use of microbes for use in producing food , protecting crops and improving soil fertility
- Check the quality and safety of manufactured food and medical products
- Use micro-organisms to control pollution and break down toxic substances
- Develop ways to dispose of waste safely
You would also present the findings of your research, supervise the work of support staff and do administrative work.
If you work as a researcher and lecturer in a university or teaching hospital, you would tutor, mentor and supervise students.
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