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Microbiologists study the growth and characteristics of micro-organisms (viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites) and their interactions with their environment, and develop medical and industrial applications - for example, in the food processing industry. (alis) They are employed in both laboratory and field settings by governments, environmental consulting companies, resource and utilities companies, chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnical companies and health and educational institutions. (NOC)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- Careers in Microbiology and the Microbial Sciences (includes video) - from ASM
- Microbiologist career profile - Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada
- Microbiologist profile - AG Careers
- Industrial Microbiology - Career Information - from SIMB
- A Day in the Life of a Biologist - The Princeton Review
- Careers in the Biological Sciences - American Insitute of Biological Sciences
- Interview: Research Biologist - Scitable by NatureEducation
- Article: So you want to be a Clinical Microbiologist? - University Affairs
- Meet the Microbiologists - member profiles from CSM
- Bio-economy career profiles - interviews with industry professionals from BioTalent Canada
- Cover Up: A Lead Microbiologist for a Cosmetic Manufacturing Company - ASM
- Ensuring Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Safety: An Interview With an Industrial Microbiologist - ASM
- Discover your Future in Healthcare: Health Researcher - University of Manitoba
U of M Academic Calendar
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Faculty and Department Homepages
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- Department of Microbiology - Faculty of Science
- Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases - Faculty of Graduate Studies
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Labour market information
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- Labour Market Reports - from BioTalent Canada
Professional associations organize events and directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities are also available. This is a great way to learn and network.
- Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM)
- Canadian Association for Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (CACMID)
- Canadian College of Microbiologists
- Association of Medical Microbiology and Infections Disease Canada
- American Society for Virology
- American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
- Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB)
- The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- BioTalent Canada - Human resource info & biotechnology skills development
- BIOTE Canada member listing - Canada’s health, industrial and agricultural biotechnology sectors
- Biosciences Association of Manitoba
- Innovative Medicines Canada - corporate members
- Manitoba Environmental Industry Association
- Environmental Careers Organization Canada
- Food and Consumer Products of Canada - members
- Food & Beverage Manitoba - members
- Council of State Biosciences Associations (U.S.)
- Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology - view corporate members via left menu
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