Career In Microbiology

Career In Microbiology

-Nisha Paudel | Feb 01, 2018

Potential Career Opportunities (adopted from NUI Galway OE Gaillimh)

Research: employed in universities, research institutes, hospitals and industry. (e.g. Mycologists (fungi) Bacteriologists (bacteria), Virologists (viruses), Immunologists (immune system). Or Medical Research, e.g. studying topics including how diseases develop. Or Healthcare Research finding ways of identifying, preventing and treating infectious diseases. Microbiologists are also helping to pioneer gene therapy techniques against genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis and inherited cancers. Microbiologists may also work in Health Protection Agency laboratories, e.g. tracking down sources of food poisoning.

Pharmaceuticals & Manufacturing: The Irish pharmaceutical industry is a great commercial success, employing thousands of scientists in research facilities and manufacturing plants. This industry is dominated by multinational companies, including Wyeth, GlaxosmithKline, Bristol Myers Squibb, Pfizer, Merck & Elan. Microbiologists play a part in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals e.g. scaling up growth of microorganisms. Microbiologists help organise clinical trials to evaluate new drugs. Others work outside the lab in registration of new products.

Medical Devices Industry is another large source of employment for microbiology graduates with a large portion of the world’s top 25 medical device companies and diagnostics companies based in Ireland. Start-ups/Spin out companies: The number of small to medium size biotechnology companies (that employ microbiologists) has increased in recent years.

Biochemicals: Microbiologists are involved in producing many other useful compounds including: enzymes for a variety of uses including molecular biology kits (DNA fingerprinting), washing powders and in the food industry.

 Cosmetics & toiletries: Microbiologists check the effectiveness of anti-microbial products such as creams against acne and anti-dandruff shampoos.

Food & Drink: Microbes have been used for centuries to produce foods such as bread, cheese and yoghurt and alcoholic beverages like wine and beer. Microbiologists are needed at all stages of modern food production.

 Water: Microbiologists are employed in water companies and the Environment Agency & monitor and control the quality of our water supply.

Agriculture: Some microbiologists carry out research on the important role that microbes play in agriculture and in the soil (silage production). Others investigate crop pathogens and develop products to control them.

The environment: e.g. studying the ecology of microbes in different habitats e.g. the ocean, salt lakes, Antarctica. Using microbes to treat industrial waste or to solve pollution problems (bioremediation).

Further study opportunities

• Structured PhD

• MSc Cancer Research

• Master of Biomedical Science

• Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Microbiology

• HDip Occupational Health & Safety & Hygiene

• MSc Toxicology

• MSc Biotechnology

• MSc Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

• MA Health Promotion

• Professional Master of Education

• MSc Regenerative Medicine

• MSc Diagnostic Radiography

• Environment Mgt & Ecological Biology

• Nutrition

• Masters Business and Biotechnology

• Biomedical Science

• Pharmaceutical/med device manufacturing

• Masters of Pharmacy

• MSc Healthcare Infection Management