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Virologist - Bachlors or Masters or Doctorate degree?

I'm considering becoming a virologist, but I'm wondering how much education goes into it?

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Rachel’s Answer

Hi Kelly!

I'm a virologist! I got a bachelor's degree in cell and molecular biology, which took me a little over 4 years. Then I worked as a virologist, at entry level technician jobs at hospitals and labs for 3 years. Then I went to graduate school for a PhD, which took me 5 years. All my schooling was here in the Seattle area, but you should know that doctoral programs in other countries like the UK are shorter, 2-3 years.

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I would look at the scientific bachelor's degrees available at the colleges you are interested in, specifically at the first few required classes. if they sound exciting, take that first step! it's important to enjoy each step of the way, even though they may be challenging.
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Jenna’s Answer

A virologist is a science degree. You'll need a minimum of a bachelor's degree to enter the field. If you want to get into research, development or education, then it is very likely you will need advanced degrees. I would anticipate needing at least a doctorate degree, and probably additional specific training, depending on your role in a virology career. Check with your career counselor in your undergraduate program, they can help you select classes and plan your academic path.

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