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What Does Working as a Microbiologist Look Like?

Investigate the growth, structure, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi. Includes medical microbiologists who study the relationship between organisms and disease or the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.

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.  
  • Study growth, structure, development and general characteristics of bacteria and other microorganisms to understand their relationship to human, plant and animal health.  
  • Examine physiological, morphological and cultural characteristics, using microscope, to identify and classify microorganisms in human, water and food specimens.  
  • Provide laboratory services for health departments, for community environmental health programs and for physicians needing information for diagnosis and treatment.  
  • Investigate the relationship between organisms and disease, including the control of epidemics and the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.

There are several fields in which microbiologists are usually employed. Each of the job titles listed below require specialization in that field. Explore details of these positions to see if you want to pursue a career working in this capacity:

Microbiologist Salary and Forecast

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

Job opportunity growth for this career is forecasted to increase at a rate of 3.6% 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 a 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 microbiologists have a bachelor’s degree, and many also have a certificate or master’s degree.

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