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.

  • 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
  • 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

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
35%
2 - 4
39%
5 - 7
1%
8+
25%

Common Skill Sets

EEG
Written Communication
CPR
Collaboration
Protocols
BCLS
LIMS
ASCP

Microbiologist Seniority Levels

L2
Microbiologist
CA$54,986/yr
L3
L4
Microbiologist IV
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Bioinformatics Scientist
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Biological Scientist
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Microbiologist Salaries

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CA$54,986 /yr
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CA$30k
Median: CA$55k
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