Jason, a Research Scientist and Assistant Professor, examines microbiology at and below the sea floor. Much of his time is spent on cruises, using cool technology like robots and drilling to get bacteria samples. At 8 years old he was given a book on Jacques Cousteau, and fell in love with oceans and marine biology. He advises: pay attention to the stuff you think is boring. He didn't like chemistry in high school, and now he uses it all the time!
Microbiologists study the growth, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms such as bacteria, algae, and fungi. Most microbiologists work in research and development. Many conduct basic research with the aim of increasing scientific knowledge. Others conduct applied research, using knowledge from basic research to develop new products or solve particular problems.
A bachelor’s degree in microbiology or a closely related field is needed for entry-level microbiologist jobs. A Ph.D. is needed to carry out independent research and to work in colleges and universities.
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