• Microbiologists
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 62,450
    $43,190 range bar $123,530
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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  • Microbiologists Investigate the growth, structure, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms such as bacteria, algae, or fungi.

What do they typically do

  • Examine physiological, morphological, and cultural characteristics, using microscope, to identify and classify microorganisms in human, water, and food specimens
  • Investigate the relationship between organisms and disease, including the control of epidemics and the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms
  • Isolate and maintain cultures of bacteria or other microorganisms in prescribed or developed media, controlling moisture, aeration, temperature, and nutrition
  • Provide laboratory services for health departments, community environmental health programs, and physicians needing information for diagnosis and treatment
  • Study growth, structure, development, and general characteristics of bacteria and other microorganisms to understand their relationship to human, plant, and animal health
  • Supervise biological technologists and technicians and other scientists
  • Use a variety of specialized equipment such as electron microscopes, gas chromatographs and high pressure liquid chromatographs, electrophoresis units, and thermocyclers
  • Prepare technical reports and recommendations based on research outcomes

Number of Jobs

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Job Growth +0.8%
Job Opening 46

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Education & Training

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    Most require a graduate degree like a master's, Ph.D., M.D., or law degree.
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