On the Job
Microbiologists study organisms like bacteria, algae, or fungi. They may study the relationship between these organisms and disease.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Classify organisms based on their characteristics or behavior.
- Examine characteristics or behavior of living organisms.
- Monitor environmental impacts of production or development activities.
- Research diseases or parasites.
- Research microbiological or chemical processes or structures.
- Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
- Analyze biological samples.
- Analyze chemical compounds or substances.
- Inspect condition of natural environments.
- Supervise scientific or technical personnel.
Typical Working Conditions
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Using e-mail.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Exposure to disease or infections.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Working with a group or team.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Serious consequences if mistakes are made.
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