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Fascinating Fields of Science You Can Choose

August 25,2010 by: Dallas Browne

It is being projected that for the next twenty years, there would be a great demand for microbiologist filling in different slots on the different aspects of biology. Now, several programs are created that would create great opportunities for women and even individuals with some disabilities. At present, microbiologists serves as a very important member of different disciplines in hospital labs, universities, clinics, industrial companies and the government. 

Microbiology is one of the most fascinating fields of Science. A microbiologist, though given several names or titles is someone that studies microorganisms and all the infectious agents and features that could only be seen with the aide of microscopes. But their expertise does not just stop there for they also study and make some researches on how these organisms interact with human. 

As a microbiologist, one is expected to work with other scientists but not limited to that though. Microbiologists are sought in almost all industries and are given different tasks. Here are some other microbiologist career paths that you may take: (remember that you can practice more than one profession or role depending on your situation) 

As a microbiologist, you can be a:

Bacteriologist – Is the one who does some researches to find basic questions about the growth, metabolism and evolution of bacteria.

Biochemist – Is the one who makes research on how energy is being obtained and consumed and how bacteria reproduce. 

Biotechnologist – Is the one who studies and manipulates genes to be able to modify microorganisms that lead in the production of new products for human consumption and advantage like drugs and chemicals. 

Clinical biologist – Is the one who studies to determine the case of human beings and animal infection and the possible cure as well.

Cell biologist – Is the one who studies on the functions of cells and microorganisms.  They also observe the actions of the molecules on and within the cells.

Geneticist – Is the one who conducts studies on the processes on how organisms transmit and inherit traits from other beings or organisms.

Immunologists – Their studies provide important information which is necessary in helping human beings cope up with their environment.

Immunologist - Conducts studies and researches to be able to provide answers regarding the evolution, metabolism and growth of bacteria. They also investigate on how the body defends itself from diseases.

Parasitologist- conducts studies and investigations on the mechanics and ways on how some organisms depend on other organisms to survive.

Or if you don’t wish to pursue any of them then you can be a teacher, a professor or a writer on this expertise.

In order for you to be a microbiologist, you must obtain a bachelor’s degree on related disciplines like physics, chemistry or biology. More often than not, a master’s degree or a PhD would determine how much a microbiologist would make. 

The salary could range from $20,000 annually to $100,000. A starting microbiologist can earn up to $20,000 and those with doctor’s degree, $40,000. The salary rate increases over time and those with higher degrees receive the higher increase. The median salary of an experienced microbiologist is $70,567 while those with more than eight years of experience receive $79,952 for their median salary.

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