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  • Opportunities continue to emerge for professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. According to CNN, STEM jobs are growing at 1.7 times the rate of non-STEM jobs. Increase your job prospects in a variety of industries—including pharmaceutical companies, government organizations, and agriculture—with this master’s degree. This degree also prepares students for medical, dental, or veterinary school.

    You can explore job options by visiting the American Society for Microbiology’s career website. There are many potential careers available in various sectors for students who have master’s degrees in microbiology and cell science, including:

    Government:

    • Local and state government
    • Public health
    • Grant management
    • Law enforcement
    • All branches of the military
    • Waste and wastewater management
    • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • National Institutes of Health
    • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    • Environmental Protection Agency

    Industry

    • Industrial microbiology (production of antibiotics and microbial products)
    • Vaccines
    • Cosmetics and toiletries
    • Food and beverage production
    • Biotechnology
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Oil industry and mining
    • Sales or technical representatives
    • Breweries
    • Dairies

    Academics

    • Professional schools (i.e., dental, medical, and vet schools)
    • Colleges and universities
    • Institutes and non-profit research centers

    Legal

    • Law firms
    • Technology transfers
    • Intellectual property
    • Teaching
    • Primary and secondary schools
    • Technical and specialty schools

    Health Care

    • Medical technology
    • Diagnostic laboratories

    Publishing

    • Journal editors
    • Journalism

    Industry

    • Management
    • Quality control
    • Research
    • Product development

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