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02/12/2014

Main page imageMicrobiology is the study of micro-organisms, or microbes. Microbes matter because they affect every aspect of our lives. By understanding microbes, we can solve many problems from those affecting our health to the environment, climate change and food and agriculture.

For this reason microbiologists work in many different job sectors, in a variety of different roles. Because microbes have such an impact, they are a major source of interest and employment to thousands of people.

In this section you will find information on training and opportunities for microbiologists at all stages of their careers and job profiles on careers in research and non-research fields.  There are also resources and links to external sites to help guide you towards your career goals.

If you want to enhance your CV, the Society has a range of grants [add link to grants] to help undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral members with their professional development. This includes grants to support attendance at conferences, studentships for vacation projects and funding to conduct research visits, not to mention support if you’d like to run an event or plan your own outreach or education project.

What microbiologists do

The range of roles and fields that microbiologist work in.

Information for school leavers

Choosing a course and university, and what you need to apply.

Information for undergraduates

What to do after you graduate and how to get a job.

Information for postgraduates and beyond

How to improve your employability and find funding.

Non-research career options

Some of the roles outside of research where you could use your knowledge.

Job profile: science policy

Find out more about a career in science policy from someone working in the sector.

Job profile: science blogging

Find out more about a career in science blogging from someone working in the sector.

Job profile: science communication

Find out more about a career in science communication from someone working in the sector.

Job profile: intellectual property and commercial research

Find out more about a career in intellectual property and commercial research from someone working in the sector.

Job profile: law

Find out more about a career in science-related law from someone working in the sector.

Job profile: research

Find out more about a career in research from someone working in the sector.

Careers events

Events to find out more about careers in microbiology.


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