Career in Microbiology
Molecular biology is the application of biological activities at a molecular level; Microbiology is the study of microorganisms. They are similar topics and there are many cross-overs between the two. Both are fully developed branches of biology and the ongoing advancement in these two areas has resulted in many new applications across the field of Biology.
An honours degree in either Microbiology or a related, (and relevant,) subject is required. Relevant degrees include the following:
Should you choose a course in biological sciences or applied biology, you will have experience in a wide-ranging background before you need to make a definitive choice about moving into a specialist area.
You will need to have the following:
Employers will generally expect for you to be experienced in good laboratory practice (GLP).
The role of a microbiologist is relevant in a number of settings, such as:
By understanding how microbes affect things, a microbiologist’s aim is to solve a wide range of problems affecting health, the environment, climate, food and agriculture, including the prevention, diagnosis and control of infections and disease. There is also a role to ensure that food is safe, a need to understand the role microbes play in climate change, and how to develop green technologies.
Your responsibilities could vary quite widely depending on which area you specialize in. Microbiological healthcare scientists will be involved in the prevention, diagnosing of, and controlling the spread of infections, but those who work in manufacturing could be involved in quality control and checking for signs of contamination.
In general, a ‘normal’ working day could include:
– Sujeet Singh