Water Quality Microbiologist

Clean drinking water is essential. Contaminated water contributes to disease and illness for humans and animals. Make a difference as a water quality microbiologist.

water quality microbiology jobs, education needed to become a microbiologistWhat Does Working as a Water Quality Microbiologist Look Like?

Water quality microbiologists typically perform some or all of the following:

  • Analyse water samples and predict the impact of contaminants, additives and naturally occurring microorganisms on humans, animals and crops.
  • Alert officials and the public to water quality concerns and contribute to finding solutions for water quality problems.
  • Research and develop ways to detect contaminants.
  • Research and develop ways to identify, detect and work with microorganisms in the water.
  • Assist communities in the maintenance of water sources and monitoring of microbial content of water.
  • Investigate the relationship between microorganisms and disease, including the control of epidemics through water quality controls.

Water Quality Microbiologist Salary and Forecast

Water quality 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 a Water Quality 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 water quality microbiologists have a bachelor’s degree, and many also have a certificate or master’s degree.

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Protect water quality. Advise communities and municipalities. Get the knowledge and credentials you need to build the career you want. Apply today for a certificate in microbiology.

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Tuition and Monthly Payments

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NC State offers a monthly payment plan.

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