Virologist Skills/DutiesA virologist has to study the growth and development of viruses and how they interrelate with; and impact human beings, plants, animals, and even dead organic matter.Virologists are employed by medical schools, hospitals, laboratory centers, medical research companies, governmental agencies, pharmaceutical companies, laboratory testing companies, or cancer treatment or research companies, depending upon the specialization.
Virologist Education and TrainingWondering what qualifications you need to be a virologist? Here are some of the critical credentials:
- Virology is a subdivision of Biology, so you need an undergraduate degree in Biology. You will also need to take Physics and Chemistry at the university level.
- A graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology is qualified to work at various research and technical positions, including veterinary microbiologist, research assistant, and food microbiologist. Laboratory and clinical experience are decidedly important for a virologist, and most virologists get this experience in graduate school.
- With a Master of Science in Microbiology, you can hunt for positions as a supervisor or laboratory manager, research associate, or instructor on the community college level.
- A Doctoral Degree, Ph.D. in Microbiology is necessary for the uppermost posts in this field, such as a professor at a college/university, researcher, or research director.
- There are a host of opportunities available. You may reflect on what aspect of virology you are interested in (i.e., research, public health, or medical doctor) since each aspect needs different education and training.