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Microbiologists

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Provide laboratory services for health departments, community environmental health programs, and physicians needing information for diagnosis and treatment.
    • Investigate the relationship between organisms and disease, including the control of epidemics and the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.
    • Prepare technical reports and recommendations, based upon research outcomes.
    • Supervise biological technologists and technicians and other scientists.
    • Monitor and perform tests on water, food, and the environment to detect harmful microorganisms or to obtain information about sources of pollution, contamination, or infection.
    • Use a variety of specialized equipment, such as electron microscopes, gas and high-pressure liquid chromatographs, electrophoresis units, thermocyclers, fluorescence-activated cell sorters, and phosphorimagers.
    • Study the structure and function of human, animal, and plant tissues, cells, pathogens, and toxins.
    • Research use of bacteria and microorganisms to develop vitamins, antibiotics, amino acids, grain alcohol, sugars, and polymers.
    • Develop new products and procedures for sterilization, food and pharmaceutical supply preservation, or microbial contamination detection.
    • Observe action of microorganisms upon living tissues of plants, higher animals, and other microorganisms, and on dead organic matter.
    • Conduct chemical analyses of substances such as acids, alcohols, and enzymes.

    Skills

    • Science

      Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Writing

      Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Written Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

    Knowledge

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Chemistry

      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 61650/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 29.64/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 500
    • Yearly Projected Openings 50

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    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Adaptability/Flexibility

    Tools

    • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
    • Microbiology analyzers
    • Infrared spectrometers
    • Benchtop centrifuges
    • Air samplers or collectors

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Medical software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software
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