How Much Do Bacteriologists Make?

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A bacteriologist studies viruses, parasites and bacteria, and can expect to make between $85,000 a year and $140,000 a year. Get a four-year degree in microbiology to become a bacteriologist with insight from a family doctor in this free video on medical careers.

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Hello, my name is doctor David Cathcart and I'm from Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Missouri. Microbiology is a term...it's a broad term that applies to those people who study and deal with the study of viruses or parasites, or bacteria. For example, when you have a sore throat and you go to the doctor and the doctor may do a throat swab, he's actually doing a culture, looking for the particular type of bacteria that it can treat. In this particular case, we're talking about streptococcus. So, a a microbiologist is or sometimes will be referred to as a bacteriologist would be one who is studying the behavior of bacteria, so that degree is a, a usually a four year degree in microbiology at any, any university. Once you have that degree then you can go and work in most labs, initially under some supervise, sup-supervised process, and then depending on your level of experience, of course, and and you could branch out. The bacteriologist on average, make anywhere between eighty-five to a hundred and forty thousand dollars a year. Some of them make much more, and some of them make much less, but that's the average. Thanks for taking this time to explore medical careers with me. Again, I'm doctor David Cathcart with Heartland Medical Center in St. Joseph, Missouri.

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