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.
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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