Microbiologists examining cultures on a Petri dish.
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A Microbiologist (from biotechnology to advance the understanding of cell reproduction and human disease.[1] Some microbiologists have contributed to knowledge of pathogens and disease-causing microbes.

The term "microbiologist" comes from the Greek mīkros meaning "small" βίος, and bios, meaning "life" -λογία, combined with -logia meaning one who studies.

Microbiology is a specific subset of science that often overlaps with other subjects surrounding biology. Because microbiologists specialize in the investigation of microorganisms that typically cause infection, their research commonly promotes information found in immunology, pathology and molecular biology.

There were 16,900 microbiologists employed in the United States in 2008; this number is projected to increase by over 12 percent in the next decade.[2]

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics".