Industrial Microbiologist

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What Does Working as an Industrial Microbiologist Look Like?

Industrial microbiologists study the ways in which microorganisms are used in industrial processes such as the production of drugs, chemicals, fuels and electricity.

Industrial microbiologists typically perform some or all of the following:

  • Isolate and maintain cultures of bacteria or other microorganisms in prescribed or developed media, controlling moisture, aeration, temperature and nutrition.  
  • Analyse, evaluate and better methodology for the utilization of microbes in the manufacturing of food and industrial products.
  • Study growth, structure, development and general characteristics of bacteria and other microorganisms to understand their relationship to production processes.  
  • Investigate the relationship between microorganisms and industrial processes.

Industrial Microbiologist Salary and Forecast

Industrial 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 Industrial 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 industrial microbiologists have a bachelor’s degree, and many also have a certificate or master’s degree.

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