What is Microbiology
According to The Society for General Microbiology, microbiologists “study microbes: where they live, how they survive, how they affect us and how we can make them work for us. All around the world there are microbiologists making a difference to our lives – ensuring our food is safe, treating and preventing disease, developing green technologies or tracking the role of microbes in climate change.”
- Clinical Microbiologist
What skills do you need to work in microbiology?
- Scientific mindset
- High levels of accuracy and attention to detail
- Ability to work with statistics and relevant computer packages
- Research and analysis skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Where do microbiology professionals work?
Microbiology professionals work for a variety of organisations including: hospitals, health protection agencies, universities, industrial companies, environmental and agricultural organisations.
Typical work activities
- Identifying, monitoring and controlling infectious diseases
- Collecting samples
- Undertaking laboratory tests
- Monitoring the quality and safety of manufactured food
- Scientifically testing and developing new medicines
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