With microbiology, you’ll study microorganisms and hope to gain an understanding as to how they affect our lives. You’ll focus on the biology of them, at both the molecular and cellular level, as well as their ecology, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae and protozoa.
Microbiologists aim to solve a lot of different problems; the environment, the climate and food and agriculture, all through gaining an in-depth understanding of microbes. This can help ensure food is safe to consume.
There are different types of non-medical microbiologists you can look at becoming and these include agriculture and food safety, and environment and climate change.
Your tasks as a non-medical microbiologist will vary; here are some of the responsibilities you can expect:
Monitor and identify microorganisms
Track microorganisms in a range of environments
Monitor and assess samples from a range of sources
Follow regular sampling schedules within a specific environment
Use a variety of identification methods, including molecular techniques, to test samples
Develop new techniques, products and processes
Plan, implement and evaluate new products in clinical trials
Collect samples from different types of environments, such as agricultural sites
Develop products such as enzymes, vitamins, hormones and antimicrobials
Grow microbial cultures, e.g. for use in the food and drink industry or in agriculture
Work with specialist computer software to undertake studies and research
Manage and oversee laboratory work
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