What type of immunologist positions exist in the private sector versus educational and research schools?

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Career Dev Staff Staff answered 4 years ago

Immunology jobs in applied microbiology involve microbiologists conducting research designed to solve a particular problem. Jobs of this nature are typically found in the private sector, usually with pharmaceutical companies and hospitals. Although microbiologists in this field may not have to actively solicit funding, they still have to describe their research plans and have their proposals approved by members of management who may control their budget.

Medical scientists conduct work similar to that of microbiology. Immunology jobs in medical science involve studying organic materials in order to gain insight into the origin of diseases and how they can be prevented. Unlike microbiologists, medical scientists are usually licensed physicians. This allows them to work directly with patients and collect samples of biological materials by drawing blood or engaging in other invasive procedures. Doctors in this field can use the data gleaned from such samples in order to develop medications or vaccines.

Immunology jobs as clinical lab technologists involve reviewing and processing fluids, tissues, and cells collected in the study of immunology. Technologists analyze the content of such samples for a variety of purposes. For example, personnel working these types of immunology jobs may examine blood to see how the viruses present react to the introduction of a possible vaccine. They may also prepare samples for examination by microbiologists or medical scientists. The minimum requirements for working these types of immunology jobs are a high school diploma; most training is conducted on the job under the supervision of more experienced personnel.