CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies


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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Microbiologists
Summary Job Description Tasks
Investigate the growth, structure, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi. Includes medical microbiologists who study the relationship between organisms and disease or the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms. Examine physiological, morphological, and cultural characteristics, using microscope, to identify and classify microorganisms in human, water, and food specimens.
Provide laboratory services for health departments, for community environmental health programs and for physicians needing information for diagnosis and treatment.
Observe action of microorganisms upon living tissues of plants, higher animals, and other microorganisms, and on dead organic matter.
Investigate the relationship between organisms and disease including the control of epidemics and the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.
Supervise biological technologists and technicians and other scientists.
Study growth, structure, development, and general characteristics of bacteria and other microorganisms to understand their relationship to human, plant, and animal health.
Prepare technical reports and recommendations based upon research outcomes.
Study the structure and function of human, animal and plant tissues, cells, pathogens and toxins.
Use a variety of specialized equipment such as electron microscopes, gas chromatographs and high pressure liquid chromatographs, electrophoresis units, thermocyclers, fluorescence activated cell sorters and phosphoimagers.
Conduct chemical analyses of substances such as acids, alcohols, and enzymes.
Research use of bacteria and microorganisms to develop vitamins, antibiotics, amino acids, grain alcohol, sugars, and polymers.
Isolate and maintain cultures of bacteria or other microorganisms in prescribed or developed media, controlling moisture, aeration, temperature, and nutrition.
Monitor and perform tests on water, food, and the environment to detect harmful microorganisms or to obtain information about sources of pollution, contamination, or infection.
Develop new products and procedures for sterilization, food and pharmaceutical supply preservation, or microbial contamination detection.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Microbiologists
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Microbiologists
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Microbiologists
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Microbiologists
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Assistant Software for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Interpretation ASASI Analytical or scientific software
BD Biosciences CellQuest Analytical or scientific software
BD Biosciences CloneCyt Analytical or scientific software
Basic Local Alignment Search Tool BLAST Analytical or scientific software
Bruker Optics OPUS Analytical or scientific software
BtB Software Mycobacteriology Lab Analytical or scientific software
Codon Usage Database Analytical or scientific software
ComBase Information retrieval or search software
Computer Service & Support CLS-2000 Laboratory System Medical software
Computing Solutions LabSoft LIMS Micro Analytical or scientific software
DNA sequence analysis software Analytical or scientific software
Database management software Data base user interface and query software
Email software Electronic mail software
FindTarget Analytical or scientific software
FramePlot Analytical or scientific software
Gene Finder Analytical or scientific software
Gene recognition software Analytical or scientific software
Genie Interactive Analytical or scientific software
Image capture and analysis software Analytical or scientific software
Laboratory information management system LIMS software Analytical or scientific software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
NetLims AutoLims Analytical or scientific software
Orchard Software Orchard Harvest LIS Medical software
PHYLIP Analytical or scientific software
PIBWin Analytical or scientific software
Pathogen Modeling Program PMP Analytical or scientific software
PredictProtein Analytical or scientific software
Proscan Analytical or scientific software
ProtScale Analytical or scientific software
Protein Explorer Analytical or scientific software
Protein databases Analytical or scientific software
STARLIMS Analytical or scientific software
Statistical software Analytical or scientific software
TreeView Analytical or scientific software
Verity Software House ModFit LT Analytical or scientific software
WHONET Data base user interface and query software
Web browser software Internet browser software
Word processing software Word processing software
8-channel electronic pipettes Electronic multichannel pipetters
Alcohol lamps Spirit burners
Anaerobic growth chambers Anaerobic chamber
Analytical balances Analytical balances
Argon lasers Lasers
Autoclaves Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
Automated gram stainers Microbiology slide stainers
Automated microbial identification systems Microbiology analyzers
Automatic cell sorters Manual or electronic hematology differential cell counters
Automatic coverslipper Automated cover slipping equipment
Automatic pipetters Robotic or automated liquid handling systems
Bacteriological incubators Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators
Bacticinerators Dry heat or hot air sterilizers
Bioaerosol impactors Air samplers or collectors
Biological safety hoods Safety hoods
Bioreactors Microbiology fermentation equipment
Bright field light microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
Bubble counters Counters
Charge coupled device CCD color digital cameras Digital cameras
Chemical safety showers Decontamination shower
Colony counters Electronic counters
Compound binocular light microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
Conductivity meters Conductivity meters
Coplin jars Laboratory staining dishes or jars
Culture bottles Tissue culture flasks
Culture tubes Culture tubes
Darkroom developing tanks Developing tanks
Deionized DI water systems Ultra pure water systems
Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA sequencers Deoxyribonucleic sequence analyzers
Desktop centrifuges Benchtop centrifuges
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Dichotomous particulate matter samplers Air samplers or collectors
Direct heat dry wall carbon dioxide CO2 incubators Dry wall single chamber carbon dioxide incubators
Dissecting microscopes Stereo or dissecting light microscopes
Dissolved oxygen meters Dissolved oxygen meters
Dropping pipettes Dropping pipettes
Dry bath incubators Dry baths or heating blocks
Drying ovens Drying cabinets or ovens
Electronic sterilizers Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
Electronic toploading balances Electronic toploading balances
Electroporators Electroporation cuvettes
Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ELISA plate readers Microplate readers
Erlenmeyer flask clamps Laboratory adapters or connectors or fittings
Erlenmeyer flasks Laboratory flasks
Eyewash fountains Eyewashers or eye wash stations
Fecal coliform water baths Circulating baths
Fire extinguishers Fire extinguishers
Floor shakers Rotating shakers
Flow cytometers Microbiology analyzers
Fluorescence activated cell sorters Microbiology analyzers
Fluorescent microscopes Fluorescent microscopes
Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectrometers Infrared spectrometers
Freeze dryers Freeze dryers or lyopholizers
French presses French pressure cells
Gas chromatographs GC Gas chromatographs
Gas-powered generators Gas generators
Gel documentation systems Gel documentation systems
Gel electrophoresis boxes Gel boxes
Gel support frames Gel boxes
Gel transfer apparatus Blotting or transfer apparatus
Graduated glass laboratory cylinders Laboratory graduated cylinders
HEPA filtered biosafety cabinets HEPA filtered enclosures
Hardy Diagnostics HUGO Electronic encyclopedias
Heat blocks Dry baths or heating blocks
Heating stirplates Laboratory hotplates
Helium-neon lasers Lasers
High pressure liquid chromatographs HPLC High pressure liquid chromatograph chromatography
High-speed centrifuges Benchtop centrifuges
Hybridization ovens Hybridization ovens or incubators
Impedance meters Impedance meters
Infrared IR spectrometers Infrared spectrometers
Infrared gas analyzers Infra red or ultra violet absorption analyzers
Inoculating loops Microbiology inoculation loops or needles
Inverted microscopes Inverted microscopes
Laboratory beakers Laboratory beakers
Laboratory funnels Laboratory funnels
Laboratory gas burners Gas burners
Laboratory glassware washers Laboratory washing machines
Laboratory heat exchange condensing devices Laboratory heat exchange condensers
Laboratory membrane filtering devices Laboratory membrane filters
Laboratory refrigerators General purpose refrigerators or refrigerator freezers
Laboratory test tubes Multipurpose or general test tubes
Laboratory vacuum pumps Laboratory vacuum pumps
Laminar flow cabinets Laminar flow cabinets or stations
Laser printers Laser printers
Liquid chromatograph devices Liquid chromatographs
Liquid impingers Air samplers or collectors
Liquid nitrogen storage equipment Cryogenic or liquid nitrogen freezers
Magnetic laboratory stirrers Magnetic stirrers
Mass spectrometers Mass spectrometers
Membrane filtration systems Laboratory membrane filters
Micro balances Laboratory balances
Microcalorimeters Calorimeters
Microcentrifuges Microcentrifuges
Micromanipulators Automated microscope stages
Micropipettes Dropping pipettes
Microscope slides Microscope slides
Mid-infrared spectrometers Infrared spectrometers
Multiplate readers Microplate readers
Multistage agar impactors Air samplers or collectors
Multiwell trays General purpose trays
Notebook computers Notebook computers
Oil-immersion microscope lenses Microscope objectives
Orbital shaking incubators Shaking incubators
Orbital shaking water baths Orbital shaking water baths
Osmometers Osmometers
Peristaltic pumps Peristaltic pumps
Personal computers Personal computers
Petri dishes Petri plates or dishes
Phase contrast microscopes Darkfield microscopes
Photomicroscopes Photo attachments for microscopes
Pipette pumps Pipette pumps
Precision pan balances Laboratory balances
Prepared agar plates Specialty plates for bacteria
Protective gloves Protective gloves
Protective laboratory coats Protective coats
Raman spectrometers Spectrometers
Rechargeable electronic pipette fillers Pipetter inserts or accessories
Recording thermometers Laboratory incubator thermometers
Refrigerated benchtop centrifuges Refrigerated benchtop centrifuges
Refrigerated recirculating water baths Refrigerated baths
Respirators Respirators
Rotator mixers Laboratory mixers
Safety glasses Safety glasses
Safety shoes Safety shoes
Scanning electron microscopes SEM Scanning electron microscopes
Sectioned petri plates Petri plates or dishes
Semidry blotting apparatus Blotting or transfer apparatus
Serology rotators Laboratory mixers
Shaking incubators Shaking incubators
Sonicators Ultrasonic disintegrators
Staining dishes Laboratory staining dishes or jars
Steroclaves Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
Test tube racks Test tube racks
Thermocyclers Temperature cycling chambers or thermal cyclers
Tissue homogenizers Homogenizers
Transilluminators Transilluminators
Transmission electron microscopes TEM Transmission electron microscopes
Ultra cold biological freezers Ultra cold or ultralow upright cabinets or freezers
Ultracentrifuges Ultracentrifuges
Ultraviolet UV lamps Ultraviolet UV lamps
Visible spectrometers Spectrometers
Visible/UV light scanning spectrophotometers Spectrophotometers
Vortex mixers Vortex mixers
Water purification systems Ultra pure water systems
Water sample collection containers Specimen collectors
X ray diffractometers X ray diffraction equipment
pH meters pH meters
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Microbiologists
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
Required Level of Education Post-Doctoral Training
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Microbiologists
Alternate Job Title(s)
Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Clinical Microbiologist
Electron Microscopist
Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical Microbiologist
Medical Technologist
Microbiological Analyst
Microbiological Laboratory Technician
Microbiology Analyst
Microbiology Laboratory Director
Microbiology Laboratory Manager
Mycobacteria and Brucella Laboratory Head
Physical Scientist
Professor of Microbiology
Public Health Microbiologist
Public Health Microbiology Laboratory Director
Quality Control Microbiologist (QC Microbiologist)
Study Director
Virology Director
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Microbiologists
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