"One of the many critters that shape the world"

By Mitchell McGrane 3rd Hour

Basic Imformation about this job;

  • $77,000 salary of average virologist, a good thing for virologist with a family of 3 or higher, or even for a bachelor who enjoys a large one-person salary.
  • Work mostly in labarotories or universities.
  • Work minimum 46 hours a week, sometimes night shifts.
  • Discover new viruses and their purposes.
  • Disrupting the reproduction of Viruses, causing less spread of illnesses such as Polio, Breast Cancer and so on, making people more healthy.
  • Study the structure of viruses and how to prevent them.
  • Can be serving as teachers, advisers and strong research teams in viral outbreaks around the world.
  • Learn the identity of viruses causing plant or human epidemics.
  • Learn about the viral evolution and reproduction for finding and eliminating viruses
  • Work to end viral spread and preventing infections like AIDS

The Pros and Cons of a Virologist

  • Average Virologist makes $77,000 a year, plus more with higher education, which is good for virologists with families and children, and who like to spend money.
  • Using high-tech technology you can have maximum efficiency studying the structure of Viruses, creating more accurate research, and further helping stop diseases in humans/nature
  • Work in strong research groups to work together and help stop viral infections, good for people who like to band up and attack problems head-on.


  • Long hours, sometimes working night shifts, bad for people who have a family or people with other jobs/hobbies/occupations.
  • Working in Universities away from home, bad for people with large vehicles, costing extra gas and time to come to work.
  • If not careful, you can acquire a viral desease and/or infection that can prove very harmful left untreated, bad for people who care about their health.

What do I need to do in High School as well as College to become a Virologist?

To be a virologist, you need a bachelor's degree in a life science discipline such as microbiology, biochemistry, plant pathology, or genetics. You should take courses in biochemistry, molecular biology, computer science, and mathematics. It is important for you to get research experience during an internship or while taking courses.

In high school, take college preparatory courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Participate in science fairs and science clubs and, if possible, work in a laboratory during the summer.


Temple University School of Medicine
Department of Neuroscience
Center for Neurovirology
3500 North Broad Street, Room 741
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Phone: 215-707-9788
Fax: 215-707-9838


425 California Street, Suit 1450,

San Francisco, Phone: 920-415-544-9400

Fax: 920-415-544-9401 email: info"at"IAS.Org

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Do you like studying viruses and creating ways to fight them? Virologist might be the job for you. College courses include a bachelors in a life science discipline, including Biology, Plant Pathology, or Genetics. Recommended High School courses are Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. Virologists work in mainly a universities or laboratories, and work at least a minimum of 48 hours per week. The average a Virologist makes a year is $76,963 per year, but more college courses and experience the higher income. If you want to be a Virologist, call 920-Polio.