What does a Microbiologist do?

A microbiologist is responsible for investigating the growth, structure development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms such as bacteria, algae, and fungi. They undertake laboratory analysis and the monitoring of microbial cultures, samples and new drugs using specialist computer software and a range of identification methods and clinical trials. Additionally, microbiologists also develop new pharmaceutical products, vaccines, medicines and compounds such as antiseptics. Microbiologists are employed by a variety of institutions including research institutions, hospitals, and government agencies.

A bachelor's degree in Microbiology, Biology or related science is required for microbiologists as well as 3 years of successful analytical laboratory experience. Successful microbiologists possess outstanding analytical skills and with high proficiency in mathematics.

What responsibilities are common for Microbiologist jobs?
  • Develop new pharmaceutical products, vaccines, medicines and compounds such as antiseptics
  • Collecting samples from a variety of locations
  • Provide laboratory services for health departments, for community environmental health programs and for physicians needing information for diagnosis and treatment
  • Record, analyze and interpret data
  • Write research papers, reports, and reviews
  • Ensure data is recorded accurately in accordance with guidelines
  • Remain up to date with scientific and research developments
  • Validate microbiological methods to meet client requirements, as appropriate
What are the typical qualifications for Microbiologist jobs?
  • 3 years of successful analytical laboratory experience
  • Able to knowledgeably and safely handle hazardous chemicals
  • Enthusiastically serve customers and represent our laboratory professionally
  • Deep knowledge in managing a laboratory project and collaborate with a wide variety of technical colleagues
  • Able to lift 25 pounds
  • Proficiency in numeracy and IT skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Superb problem-solving skills
  • Able to work well in a team and to manage your own workload
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Microbiologist Salaries near Singapore

Average Base Pay

$6,835 /month
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Microbiologist Career Path

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Microbiologist
$40,000/yr
Senior Microbiologist
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Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
35%
2 - 4
39%
5 - 7
1%
8+
25%
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State of AlabamaState of Alabama
Microbiologist
10 Aug 2023

“The pay is very cheap and there is not any options for continuing education and training for better pay.”

AmentumAmentum
Microbiologist III
2 May 2023

“Followed contract when Amentum won it so I stayed in my field of expertise; good pay”

MicroconsultMicroconsult
Microbiology Technician
25 Feb 2022

“Your annual bonus is based on how many trivia questions you get correct at the Christmas party.”

Motion EducationMotion Education
NEET Biology Faculty
5 Dec 2021

“Good good good good good”

Akums Drugs & PharmaceuticalsAkums Drugs & Pharmaceuticals
Microbiologist
15 May 2023

“Job timing and work life balance is not good”

Eurofins ScientificEurofins Scientific
Assistant Microbiologist
31 Mar 2022

“Management was nice but not the best at managing.”

Wisconsin State Laboratory of HygieneWisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene
Microbiologist
23 Mar 2022

“Pay isn't great or terrible.”

Coca-Cola Europacific PartnersCoca-Cola Europacific Partners
QC Microbiologist
29 Mar 2023

“On my first day I was left alone in the lab after an hour of training.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Microbiologist

When working as a Microbiologist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are EEG, Written Communication, CPR, Collaboration and Protocols.

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The most common qualifications to become a Microbiologist is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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