Careers in Mycology

There are a variety of careers open to those interested in fungal biology who can apply aspects of their knowledge of mycology. These include the fields of academia, conservation and ecology, and biotechnology. Some possible career options are listed below:

ACADEMIC/RESEARCH AND TEACHING

  • University teaching and research
  • Research Institutes
  • Science school teaching

CONSERVATION AND ECOLOGY

  • Herbarium Collector/Keeper
  • Museum Collections/book preservation
  • Environmental survey work
  • Forestry Management
  • Conservation of buildings and survey of ‘sick building’ syndrome
  • Veterinary mycology

BIOTECHNOLOGY AND INDUSTRY

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Agricultural including disease management
  • Mushroom production
  • Recycling/composting/waste management
  • Biofuel production
  • Food and drink production e.g. cheese/bread/alcohol and food additives

Further details of careers in microbiology are given at the following websites:

SGM: http://www.sgm-microbiologycareers.org.uk/careers.html

PROSPECTS CAREERS WEBSITE:

http://www.prospects.ac.uk/options_microbiology_your_skills.htm