We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Microbiologist?

By Garry Crystal
Updated Mar 02, 2024
Our promise to you
Practical Adult Insights is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At Practical Adult Insights, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A microbiologist is a scientist who studies organisms called microbes, which can take the form of bacteria, viruses, or fungi. This person is trained to study these microbes in depth. He or she must be familiar with the microbes' environments, how they live, and the effect they have on the world around them.

As microbes are diverse, microbiologists tend to have their own specific area of study, often focused on a specific type of microbe. Those who study only bacteria are called bacteriologists, for example, while those who study viruses are known as virologists.

One of the main research aims of these professionals is to find out how microbes affect the world around them. Certain types of microbes are harmful to humans, and a microbiologist may study the reasons for this, along with ways to prevent infection in humans. An immunologist studies how the body defends itself against certain microbes.

Throughout history, many fatal diseases have been eradicated thanks to the help of these experts. By learning how microbes live, reproduce, and attack humans, it is easier to stop them. Many microbes are capable of causing new diseases, as the environment is constantly changing. Epidemiologists are trained to study outbreaks of disease and to determine their causes and how they can be prevented in the future.

The microbiologist is mainly based in the laboratory, where he or she may work in many specialized areas. These individuals can be concerned with medicine, healthcare, agriculture, or the food industry. The military also employs them as well, although biological warfare development and defense is a controversial field employed by many governments around the world.

The day-to-day work in this field is often varied, and a wide variety of tests are used when researching microbes. As well as testing pure culture samples, the microbiologist must also work with highly sophisticated computer software when undertaking research. This software is used to track the development of the microbes and to calculate and theorize on the growth and development of specific microbes in the environment.

Microbiology is a very important branch of science. People who work in the field test the food that people eat and makes the medicine they take when ill. They help prevent nations from being wiped out by disease and make sure that washing powder is safe for human skin. It takes years of dedicated training to become a microbiologist, and up-to-date research and learning are essential. Governments spend billions of dollars each year to ensure that their vital microbiology divisions are second to none.

Practical Adult Insights is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

By Alchemy — On Sep 17, 2010

@ Sputnik- A microbiologist career almost always requires that one have at least a Master’s degree to work in the field. The same goes for all other specialized fields of biology. Most Bachelor's programs will only include biology, and some of the broader areas of the science like botany, ecology, or zoology. A bachelor’s degree will not get a person much further than the title of research assistant, and finding meaningful work in the field may prove to be hard.

Even with a Master's degree, a microbiologist will not be able to do independent research. A microbiologist with a Master's can find work as a research assistant, but to be an independent researcher, a PhD is necessary. Microbiology is such a specialized and technical field that one must be committed to the field for the long haul to be successful.

By sputnik — On May 24, 2008

To prepare for a microbiology profession, one needs to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. Working in a laboratory for hands on experience is also very beneficial.

Practical Adult Insights, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

Practical Adult Insights, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.