How to Get Started in Microbiology

kidmicro1If you're interested in microbiology, talk to your parents, science teacher or mentor. They can help you follow this interest and learn more about the sciences and microscopic life.

Find books on life sciences and microbiology in your library. Visit a science museum. Find out if your school or community has a science club, science fairs or other activities you could get involved in. Try out the experiments on this web site and ask your science teacher if she or he can help you find others.

Contact the American Society for Microbiology for a great brochure called "A Million and One" all about careers in microbiology. You can get a free copy (up to 25 of them if you'd like) by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by faxing your request to 202-942-9329. Remember to give your full mailing address so they know where to send your brochure.

In high school, you should plan on taking biology, chemistry, physics, computer science and math. English courses are also important because microbiologists spend much of their time writing articles or papers and giving speeches. Foreign languages are helpful for exchanging information with scientists around the world.

You may try to get a job or internship in a research lab of a university or science-related company during the summer to gain hands-on experience. You may wish to talk with microbiologists in companies or universities to learn more about careers in this field.


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