Investigates 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.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Plant Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Investigates the relationship between organisms and disease including the control of epidemics and the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.
- Prepares technical reports and recommendations based upon research outcomes.
- Supervises biological technologists and technicians and other scientists.
- Provides laboratory services for health departments, for community environmental health programs and for physicians needing information for diagnosis and treatment.
- Uses a variety of specialized equipment such as electron microscopes, gas chromatographs and high pressure liquid chromatographs, electrophoresis units, thermocyclers, fluorescence activated cell sorters and phosphoimagers.
- Examines physiological, morphological, and cultural characteristics, using microscope, to identify and classify microorganisms in human, water, and food specimens.
- Studies growth, structure, development, and general characteristics of bacteria and other microorganisms to understand their relationship to human, plant, and animal health.
- Isolates and maintains cultures of bacteria or other microorganisms in prescribed or developed media, controlling moisture, aeration, temperature, and nutrition.
- Observes action of microorganisms upon living tissues of plants, higher animals, and other microorganisms, and on dead organic matter.
- Studies the structure and function of human, animal and plant tissues, cells, pathogens and toxins.