Sunday, September 16, 2012

Careers in Microbiology

Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms. Micro-organisms are very small organisms which can not be seen through naked eye. These organisms include bacteria, algae, moulds, protozoa, yeasts and viruses. Sometimes they are even referred to as microbes and are studied under microscope, being very small in appearance. Usually, microbiology includes the study of immunology or immune system. The work of a microbiologist involves to investigate and discover the existence of organisms and the affect to our lives.

Some courses offered under Microbiology: -

  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Clinical Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Food Technology
  • Master of Science in Applied Microbiology
  • Master of Science in Medical Microbiology
  • Master of Science in Microbiology
  • Master of Science in Microbial Genetics and Bioinformatics



For admission in to bachelor’s degree program, you need to have a 10+2 examination certificate with science subject such as (biology, math and chemistry).  The duration of this course is 3 years.

For pursuing a master’s degree you should have a bachelor's degree with science subjects such as (biology, math and chemistry). The duration for this course is 2 years.



Some specializations under microbiology: -

  • Agricultural Microbiology
  • Cellular Microbiology
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Evolutionary Microbiology
  • Generation Microbiology
  • Industrial Microbiology
  • Microbial
  • Microbial Genetics
  • Nano Microbiology
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Soil Microbiology
  • Veterinary Microbiology
  • Water Microbiology


Job Prospects

Graduates of microbiology can choose a career as Environmental Microbiologists, Bacteriologists, Food Microbiologists, Industrial Microbiologists, Medical Microbiologists, Protozoologists, Mycologists, Biochemist, Biomedical Scientist, Biotechnologist, Cell Biologists, Geneticists, Immunologists, Parasitologists, and Virologists. They can also opt  a career as science writer, who writes articles for common people and professional microbiologists. Teaching is another good career option in the field of microbiology.

Some job profiles: -

  • Analysts
  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical scientists
  • Biotechnologist
  • Cell Biologists
  • Geneticists
  • Immunologists
  • Microbiologists
  • Mycologists
  • Parasitologists
  • Protozoologists
  • Science Writer
  • Teachers
  • Virologists

Some Employment Areas: -

  • Agriculture Department
  • Beverage Industry
  • Chemical Industries
  • Environmental Agencies
  • Food Industry
  • Laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Private Hospitals
  • Research Organizations
  • Universities

The remuneration of a microbiologist depends on their area of specialization. A fresher can earn between Rs.15000-Rs.20000 per month. With experience and qualification, one can expect a higher remuneration.

Top Institute of Microbiology course
  • Birsa Institute of Technology, (Jharkhand),
  • Christian Medical College, (Tamil Nadu),
  • Banaras Hindu University: Faculty of Science, (Uttar Pradesh),
  •  C.M.S. College of Science and Commerce, (Tamil Nadu),
  • Andhra University-College of Science and Technology, (Andhra Pradesh),
  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences (A.I.I.M.S.), (New Delhi),
  • A.V.S. College of Arts and Science, (Tamil Nadu)
  • Barkatullah Vishwavidyalaya, (Madhya Pradesh).

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