Conducting research or evaluating the effects of viruses on humans may excite you and can possibly lead to a rewarding career as a parasitologist. For this position, be prepared to get your hands dirty. Parasitologists evaluate a variety of toxic materials including parasites, bacteria and pesticides. A career in this field can lead to positions working with animals and teaching classes. You need a bachelor's degree in parasitology for entry-level positions. If you are interested in teaching or research-based positions, you need a master's or doctorate degree.
Medical parasitologists spend a lot of time investigating insect parasites, such as mosquitoes and lice. These parasites cause deadly diseases such as malaria and Lyme disease. They look at a variety of factors including the causes and life cycle of different parasites. Through their research, parasitologists help other medical colleagues develop vaccines against parasites. Medical parasitologists also may work side-by-side with medical staff to develop health safety standards and public health programs.
If you are curious about how parasites interact with the environment, consider becoming an ecological parasitologist. These type of parasitologists assist medical staff by evaluating the role of global warming on public health and investigating how parasites come together to form in humans and animals. Parasitologists also use computer technology to analyze the environmental aspects of parasites and the possible causes of diseases in different regions.
Many parasitologists teach parasitology at colleges and universities. They teach students various topics in this field including the history, current and future achievements and challenges affecting the world of parasites. Parasitologists in this career path also conduct research to help students learn different aspects of parasites ranging from their composition to effects on a global level on humans and animals.
Veterinary parasitologists protect animals by treating diseases and studying pests such as fleas and ticks. They evaluate animals to find out if any parasites are living underneath their fur or skin. After a thorough examination, parasitologists can usually provide pet owners with antibiotics or chemical treatments to cure their furry friends. Treating pets also help to deter them from transferring germs and diseases to humans.
Dachell McSween has contributed to the "New York Daily News" and "Black Enterprise Magazine." She also writes for various online publications. McSween received a B.A. in journalism from Pace University and an M.S. in publishing from New York University.