Parasitologist

Parasitologists study the characteristics and life cycles of parasites. Parasites are organisms that live by utilizing hosts as places to live as well as for nourishment. Hosts can be humans plants animals or any other living species that can provide a living environment for a parasite. Because the relationship between parasites and hosts is constantly changing and evolving parasitologists study the constant struggle between parasites and hosts and help to discover new ways to control parasites that are destructive. Parasitologists can specialize in a number of areas. For example medical parasitologists study how parasites cause disease in humans. Agricultural and veterinary parasitologists study how parasites cause diseases in plants and animals that provide food for humans. Immunoparasitologists work on developing vaccines against parasites in humans and domestic animals. The website www.aboutbioscience.org says that parasitologists need a university education with a broad background in biology and chemistry and they must have excellent computational skills obtained from courses in mathematics computer science and statistics. Parasitologists with bachelor’s degrees are employed by the food agricultural and pharmaceutical industries as well as by environmental firms. Their work can play an important role in treating and preventing disease in both animals and humans. However a master’s degree in biology opens up greater job opportunities in fields such as wildlife management fisheries biology animal husbandry and human health care. Parasitologists that want to secure faculty positions at college and universities need either a Ph.D. or an M.D. degree. The website www.aboutbioscience.org says that pay for parasitologists depends on experience employer and specialty. Entry-level parasitologists earn approximately $31300 but the average annual salary is approximately $51020.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $41160
High Salary: $51020
Low Salary: $31300
Tasks: Studies all types of parasites.
Researches the relationships between parasites and their hosts.
Discovers ways to combat parasites.
Determines ways to reduce parasitic diseases.
Also Called: Medical Parasitologist
Agriculture Parasitologist
Wildlife Parasitologist
Ecological Parasitologist
Additional Resources: http://www.aboutbioscience.org/parasitologist.html
http://asp.unl.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13&Itemid=27
http://www.careerplanner.com/DOT-Job-Descriptions/PARASITOLOGIST.cfm