Career Options - Microbiology

Microbiology is a dynamic field which has grown rapidly both with regard to fundamental knowledge and its application to medicine, agriculture, and industry.  Dozens of biotechnology companies, formed to exploit these advances, provide employment for students with suitable training at the bachelor's level. New industries devoted to genetic engineering offer microbiologists excellent career opportunities. Microbiologists are also in great demand in clinical and diagnostic settings.

Students interested in teaching microbiology and conducting research at a university should plan to complete the PhD degree. Students interested in teaching at a community college should pursue graduate work at least through the Master's degree. Teaching at the junior high or high school (secondary) level usually requires the single subject (Biology) teaching credential.

The following is a list of microbiology-related occupations that you may wish to investigate further. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive.

  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical Laboratory Manager
  • Chemical Laboratory Technician
  • Educator
  • Environmental Health Scientist
  • Food Technologist
  • Genetic Enginee
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Medical Technologist
  • Pathologist
  • Parasitologist
  • Physician
  • Public Health Director
  • Clinical Trials Manager
  • Research Assistant
  • Technical Sales Rep.
  • Technical Writer
  • Veterinarian
  • Virologist
  • Forensic Science Technician


Students interested in one or more of these career options should seriously consider the Microbiology Emphasis offered by the Biomedical Sciences department.


Page last modified April 7, 2009