Mary Kate, is a Research Scientist in HIV focusing on immunology and virology. . She spends her days designing experiments, working in the lab, writing papers and applying for grants. A stint as a Peace Corp volunteer in Africa at the height of the AIDS epidemic lead her to study HIV. Biology is a great career to get into because infectious diseases are always around.
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.