Microbiologists in the military are unique in that they defend our country, but instead of guns, they use microscopes. They protect us from millions of particles so small you can’t even see them, and yet these tiny organisms can be lethal. U.S. military microbiologists undergo a rigorous training program specially designed to prepare them to defend our country from bacteria, viruses and other nasty germs. They combat unique and exotic microorganisms around the globe, keeping us safe.
What do Microbiologists Do?
As a Navy or National Guard microbiologist, your main area of responsibility will be to focus on the prevention, detection, diagnosis and/or treatment of infectious diseases. Infectious diseases can be caused by any number of viruses and bacteria that can be transmitted from one person to another such as the flu and the common cold. Microbiologists in the military work tirelessly to develop new treatments for old bugs while identifying and battling new ones with vaccines and therapeutic drugs. If you think you have what it takes to become a microbiologist in the military, click here to find out more.
Where Do Military Microbiologists Work?
The answer is, anywhere! As a microbiologist in the Navy or National Guard, you could serve in one of any of the 20 global laboratory locations, but your laboratory can be anywhere in the world. Regardless of your specialty, you are assured the opportunity to see some of the most exotic locations in the world.
After the Military
Civilian opportunities are never in short supply for microbiologists with a military background. In fact, many of the top research and private organizations actively recruit microbiologists with a military background due to the vast experience they receive. To find out how to make the most of your microbiology degree or how to get started down this lucrative career path, click here.
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