Investigate the growth, structure, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi. Includes medical microbiologists who study the relationship between organisms and disease or the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $49,230.00
Average Time to Fill 41 days
Typical Education Bachelor's degree
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 269
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 12.11 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Critical Thinking
Information Gathering
Written Communication
Numerical and Arithmetic Application
Oral Communication
Technology and Tool Usage

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Analyzing Data or Information

Analyze organic compounds
Examine biological material specimens
Conduct standardized qualitative laboratory analyses
Analyze biological material samples
Analyze biological samples
Isolate microorganisms
Perform biological testing
Analyze chemical compounds or substances
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products
Forecast phenomena based on statistical or mathematical research data
Analyze scientific or investigative findings
Conduct standardized quantitative laboratory analyses
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Analyze ecosystem data

Getting Information

Study development of microscopic organisms
Examine characteristics or behavior of living organisms
Conduct biological research
Research microbiological or chemical processes or structures
Study plant development
Collect scientific or technical data
Study structure or properties of submicroscopic matter
Conduct laboratory research or experiments
Conduct field research
Collect statistical data
Research human or animal disease or parasites
Monitor environmental impacts of production or development activities

Thinking Creatively

Write research or project grant proposals
Develop new products based on scientific research
Write business project or bid proposals
Develop new or advanced products or production methods
Develop scientific hypotheses, theories, or laws
Develop simple informational data repositories or databases
Develop complex computer databases
Develop new chemical processing techniques or formulas
Create mathematical or statistical diagrams, charts, or tables

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Follow safety procedures and regulations in scientific or laboratory environments
Implement pollution control techniques
Control animal and plant diseases through sanitation, cleanliness, and management procedures
Standardize methods of immunization
Handle infectious materials safely according to procedures
Implement health or sanitation standards
Solve production problems

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Aseptic Technique
Laboratory Testing
Good Laboratory Practices (GLP)

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