Average Salary: $62,993
Microbiologists study the life of organisms that are too small to see without a microscope.
Some of these microscopic organisms can cause serious or deadly diseases in people. Keeping these organisms out of the water supply is a major concern for water agencies. Microbiologists use microscopes, chemical tests, and other diagnostic techniques to screen the water for dangerous microorganisms.
General Job Description
- Applies basic principles of microbiology and lab techniques
- Takes bacteria counts on water samples for speciation (the process of biological species formation)
- Isolates these bacterial colonies and create laboratory cultures for speciation
- Examines microbes using microscopes and other instruments
- Maintains records of test results
- Prepares general and statistical reports
- Carries out analytical research concerning quality of treated water
- Works with chemists, water treatment operators and other plan personnel to interpret scientific theories
- Develops and implements quality assurance/quality control program
- Conducts research into improved methods for controlling microbes in drinking water, analytical methods, etc.
- Inquisitive mind
- Ability to interpret scientific theories and data
- Manual dexterity and good motion coordination
- Ability to research and keep up with technology through field journals
- B.S. Degree in Microbiology or Biology with some coursework in Chemistry.
- Laboratory experience very helpful and may be required
Where Jobs are Available
- Health departments
- Hospitals, medical labs
- Federal and state government regulatory agencies
- Consulting firms
For more information:
American Society for Microbiology
Office of Education and Training - Career Information
1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005