By Adam Barnett
My first full-time job after obtaining my degree in Chemical Engineering started out intimidating, but who ever thought starting off a career in applied microbiology would be easy. As I move through the introductory period of my position – where learning all I can about the field is of top priority – the intimidating nature of the field has started to diminish. This is largely due to the number of tools that are now available to tackle the challenge of monitoring microbes. Applied microbiology has opened my eyes to the hidden world living just out of sight and the wide variety of situations where microbiological problems can impact our lives. I wish to share my experiences starting off in this exciting field with all of you.