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FIELD ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGIST, IN-DEPTH: Greatest Opportunities Are In The Biological Sciences

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David, a Field Environmental Microbiologist who helps repair and lessen the damage done to our environment by companies and industries who contaminate and pollute it, describes what he loves most about his job and its challenges. The developments in Biology and Microbiology today are going to impact our civilization as much as computers -- the field needs young people dedicated to science and the world.

Degree: English Language and Literature
Job Title: Field Environmental Microbiologist

Job Summary: Microbiologists

Job Description

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.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

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.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$40,000 - $115,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Technical skills, Strength/stamina, Mathematical skills

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m='12480'>accomplishing</span> <span m='13170'>something</span> <span m='13840'>that</span> <span m='15080'>not</span> <span m='15460'>only</span> <span m='15740'>makes</span> <span m='16000'>a</span> <span m='16870'>difference</span> <span m='17210'>to</span> <span m='17340'>our</span> <span m='17490'>client,</span> <span m='18280'>but</span> <span m='18410'>makes</span> <span m='18700'>a</span> <span m='18760'>difference</span> <span m='19260'>overall</span> <span m='20070'>to</span> <span m='20560'>both</span> <span m='21260'>the</span> <span m='21500'>ecology</span> <span m='22270'>and</span> <span m='23720'>the</span> <span m='24180'>present</span> <span m='24860'>and</span> <span m='25150'>future</span> <span m='25930'>state</span> <span m='27150'>of</span> <span m='27300'>our</span> <span m='27400'>soil and</span> <span m='27800'>water.</span> <span m='29030'>So</span> <span m='29990'>there is</span> <span m='30340'>a</span> <span m='30400'>feeling</span> <span m='30790'>of</span> <span m='30870'>accomplishment</span> <span m='31700'>that</span> <span m='32119'>I</span> <span m='32259'>don't</span> <span m='32570'>think</span> <span m='32800'>I</span> <span m='32830'>could</span> <span m='33050'>get</span> <span m='33610'>in</span> <span m='34054'>another</span> <span m='34498'>situation.</span> </p><p><span m='35830'>The</span> <span m='35900'>challenge</span> <span m='36820'>is--</span> <span m='37600'>and</span> <span m='38030'>I</span> <span m='38100'>guess</span> <span m='38390'>this</span> <span m='38550'>is</span> <span m='38690'>what</span> <span m='38870'>I</span> <span m='38950'>would</span> <span m='39130'>say</span> <span m='39400'>to</span> <span m='39530'>most</span> <span m='39880'>students--</span> <span m='40100'>the</span> <span m='40210'>challenge</span> <span m='40680'>is</span> <span m='40900'>that</span> <span m='41680'>the</span> <span m='41850'>largest</span> <span m='43240'>majority</span> <span m='44910'>of</span> <span m='45060'>our</span> <span m='45180'>clients</span> <span m='47200'>don't</span> <span m='47840'>understand</span> <span m='49160'>the</span> <span m='49290'>nature</span> <span m='49780'>of</span> <span m='49830'>the</span> <span m='49900'>problem.</span> <span m='50950'>And</span> <span m='51210'>consequently,</span> <span m='52080'>sometimes,</span> <span m='52930'>they'd</span> <span m='53520'>done</span> <span m='53810'>things</span> <span m='54670'>to</span> <span m='54800'>complicate</span> <span m='55145'>it</span> <span m='55490'>and</span> <span m='55600'>make</span> <span m='55770'>it</span> <span m='55870'>worse</span> <span m='57080'>by</span> <span m='57640'>the</span> <span m='57750'>time</span> <span m='58120'>we</span> <span m='58250'>get</span> <span m='58400'>in</span> <span m='58530'>to</span> <span m='58640'>help</span> <span m='58930'>them.</span> </p><p><span m='60020'>And</span> <span m='60450'>so</span> <span m='62410'>I</span> <span m='62920'>would</span> <span m='63210'>say</span> <span m='64365'>that</span> <span m='65700'>the</span> <span m='65790'>hardest</span> <span m='66230'>thing</span> <span m='66520'>is</span> <span m='66690'>that</span> <span m='67080'>most</span> <span m='67480'>Americans</span> <span m='68540'>don't</span> <span m='68890'>really</span> <span m='69390'>like</span> <span m='69770'>science</span> <span m='70310'>all</span> <span m='70500'>that</span> <span m='70740'>much.</span> <span m='73860'>There</span> <span m='74340'>is</span> <span m='74460'>a</span> <span m='74530'>real</span> <span m='75070'>shortage</span> <span m='75980'>of</span> <span m='77140'>interest</span> <span m='77830'>and</span> <span m='77980'>devotion</span> <span m='79720'>to</span> <span m='80260'>the</span> <span m='80340'>biological</span> <span m='81150'>sciences,</span> <span m='81790'>I</span> <span m='81860'>think,</span> <span m='83560'>at</span> <span m='83850'>least</span> <span m='84860'>in</span> <span 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