Public Health Microbiologist
Salary: $24.99-$30.51 hourly / $4,347-$5,307 monthly / Range:
DEFINITION: Under general supervision, performs and interprets
microbiological tests in the areas of communicable disease and
environmental sanitation; and performs related duties as required.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Performs laboratory tests in the areas of
bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, serology, and virology;
prepares and examines specimens of human, animal and environmental
origin to aid in the diagnosis of sexually transmitted diseases such
as HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes and chlamydia, food-borne
illnesses, animal rabies, tuberculosis and coccidioidomycosis, and
other diseases such as plague and diphtheria; analyzes and
interprets test data; prepares reports of findings; maintains
records of test results; conducts quality control tests to ensure
the integrity of tests and compliance with regulations; provides
technical information to physicians, nurses, and other clinical
laboratories regarding the interpretation of laboratory tests and
proper laboratory procedures; utilizes computerized and other
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a Public Health Microbiologist
certificate issued by the California State Department of Human
Knowledge of: principles of chemistry, biology, microbiology, and
physics; state and federal laws affecting public health
laboratories; techniques and equipment used to perform laboratory
tests; laboratory safety practices.
Ability to: analyze data and draw conclusions; explain technical
information; understand, interpret, and apply federal, state, and
local laws pertaining to public health laboratories; prepare and
maintain records and reports; communicate with a wide range of
people; operate and care for laboratory equipment; operate a
Incumbents may be exposed to pathogenic organisms, acids, and
caustic or volatile chemicals.
In order to handle specimens, incumbents must be willing to be
immunized against various communicable diseases, including rabies.