Investigate the growth, structure, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi. Includes medical microbiologists who study the relationship between organisms and disease or the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.

Key Competencies * Attention to Detail * Integrity * Analytical Thinking * Dependability * Cooperation * Persistence * Initiative * Adaptability/Flexibility * Achievement/Effort * Stress Tolerance

Representative Tasks * Isolate and maintain cultures of bacteria or other microorganisms in prescribed or developed media, controlling moisture, aeration, temperature, and nutrition. * Study growth, structure, development, and general characteristics of bacteria and other microorganisms to understand their relationship to human, plant, and animal health. * Examine physiological, morphological, and cultural characteristics, using microscope, to identify and classify microorganisms in human, water, and food specimens.


Professional Scientific & Technical Services, Government, Manufacturing, Educational Services,

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Sample Job Titles Bacteriologist, Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Clinical Microbiologist, Cytologist, Electron Microscopist, Medical Microbiologist, Microbiological Analyst, Microbiological Laboratory Technician, Microbiologist, Microbiology Analyst, Microbiology Director, Microbiology Laboratory Manager, Microbiology Supervisor, Microscopist, Quality Control Microbiologist (QC Microbiologist), Research Microbiologist, Study Director, Virologist.