Virologists study viruses that affect humans, animals, insects, bacteria, fungi and plants, in community, clinical, agricultural and natural environments.
Virologists typically work in research or teaching, and many split their time between these two activities. Virologists may also work as science writers or pursue additional training to work in pharmaceutical business or law.
Virology researchers study a broad range of issues, including viral pathology, viral oncology, emerging viruses, virotherapy, viral replication, virus-cell interactions and plant virology. Researchers may be employed by universities, government agencies or health organizations. Some virologists work in industry research and develop new medications. Medical doctors focusing on virology may carry out clinical research and work with patients afflicted with viruses.
Someone with a bachelor's degree in a science field could find an entry-level microbiologist position that deals with viruses. However, an MD or PhD degree is the standard level of education for virology careers.
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