Agricultural Microbiologist

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What Does Working as an Agricultural Microbiologist Look Like?

Agricultural microbiologists typically perform some or all of the following:

  • Analyse soil samples, crop samples or food samples in an attempt to identify microorganisms present.
  • Study the relationship between microorganisms and agricultural processes.
  • Advise farmers, ranchers, food manufacturers and transportation companies on agricultural processes and food production or transportation processes, depending on your area of expertise.
  • Work with food quality regulators to prevent spoilage, contamination or the distribution of agricultural products that may cause illness or disease.
  • Prevent over-farming of land and improve crop production.
  • Study and develop sustainable farming and crop production best practices.

Agricultural Microbiologist Salary and Forecast

Agricultural microbiologists can expect to earn a median salary of $67,600.

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Job opportunity growth for this career is forecasted to increase at a rate of 2-4% per year nationally. North Carolina has a higher-than-average demand for microbiologists. Job demand is forecasted to increase at a rate of 9.6% per year in North Carolina.

What Education is Required to Work as an Agricultural Microbiologist?

A certificate from NC State is highly regarded in the field of microbiology. This certificate can be used in addition to a science undergraduate degree in preparation for the advanced education typically needed to work as a microbiologist. Most agricultural microbiologists have a bachelor’s degree, and many also have a certificate or master’s degree.

Agricultural Microbiologist Job Opportunities

Most agricultural microbiologists work for the following employers:

  • Government Agencies
  • Food Safety Organizations
  • Food Manufacturers and Co-manufacturers
  • Copackers
  • Food Quality and Food Safety Regulators
  • Research Institutes
  • Universities

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