12/10/2014 Career

Microbiology is a branch of biology that includes
the study of growth, characteristics and various other
aspects related to the life cycle of microbes such as
protozoan, algae, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. Apart from
examining the specimens, microbiologists also explore the
relationship of micro organisms with other creatures and
their consequence on the life of human beings.
Microbiologists play a significant role in the society, as
they are the people who conduct research on the positive as
well as negative effects of microorganisms on humanity. Gene
therapy techniques are also developed by microbiologists in
order to find solutions for genetic disorders such as cystic
fibrosis and inherited cancers. Microbiologists conduct
research on various topics like interaction between
pathogenic microbes and host cells in various institutes or
universities. Due to the advancement in the field of science
and technology, the scope of research in the field of
microbiology has widened. As a result, people who have
studied science as the main subject (in 10+2 or graduation)
opt for building their career in the field of microbiology.

Course Details

Career in microbiology can be a lucrative option in India as
well as abroad. Numerous institutions all over India offer
degree programs at under graduate as well as at post
graduate levels in the field of microbiology. Minimum
requirement to seek admission to under graduate programs is
10+2 in science stream (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or
biology), while for post graduate programs, the candidates
should have a Bachelor�s degree in microbiology/Life

Career Prospects

Scholars of microbiology can opt for a career as
Bacteriologists, Environmental Microbiologists, Food
Microbiologists, Industrial Microbiologists, Medical
Microbiologists, Mycologists, Protozoologists, Biochemist,
Biotechnologist, Biomedical Scientist, Cell Biologists,
Geneticists, Immunologists, Parasitologists, and
Virologists. They can even choose a career as science
writer, who writes articles for common people and
professional microbiologists. Career as a teacher in the
field of microbiology is also a lucrative option.

Institutes Offering

Some of the institutions are

Birsa Institute of Technology, (Jharkhand),

Christian Medical College, (Tamil

�Banaras Hindu University:
Faculty of Science, (Uttar Pradesh),

�C.M.S. College of Science and
Commerce, (Tamil Nadu),

Andhra University-College of
Science and Technology, (Andhra Pradesh),

�All India Institute of
Medical Sciences (A.I.I.M.S.), (New Delhi),

A.V.S. College of Arts and Science,
(Tamil Nadu) and Barkatullah Vishwavidyalaya, (Madhya


The remuneration of microbiologists depends on the area of
specialization chosen by them. A beginner can earn between
Rs.15000-Rs.20000 per month. With experience and
qualification, one can expect a higher remuneration.

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